Alonso ‘never recovered from being Hamilton’s team-mate’

Alonso ‘never recovered from being Hamilton’s team-mate’

Ex-F1 racer Heikki Kovalainen feels Fernando Alonso’s profession has suffered ever since his time at McLaren with Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton and Alonso have been team-mates at McLaren in 2007, Hamilton’s rookie season in Components 1, but it surely proved to be the one season of this partnership.

After a rocky season for the staff, involving a number of flashpoints between Alonso and Hamilton who completed degree on 109 factors, Alonso’s contract was cancelled by mutual consent, at which level he returned to Renault.

Within the years which adopted, Alonso’s selection of staff when transferring has at instances been questioned, most notably when he left Ferrari to return to McLaren in 2015, with a poor three-season stint following because the Honda energy unit didn’t impress.

And Kovalainen wonders if such fallacious selections can all be traced again to that season with Hamilton and the shock issue of the tempo which the rookie confirmed.

“Since [Alonso’s] championship years with Renault he’s at all times made the fallacious transfer and simply generally I ponder if the set off was the shock of Hamilton’s velocity,” Kovalainen advised talkSPORT.

“If that’s the core difficulty, then the falling out with [McLaren boss] Ron Dennis and with the staff adopted and there wasn’t some other place to go, Renault was form of on a downward slope, he was simply enjoying catch up after that and that by no means actually recovered.”

Kovalainen himself is aware of what it’s wish to be Hamilton’s team-mate having additionally partnered him at McLaren in 2008 and 2009, which proved to be his ultimate alternative in a aggressive automotive.

So, from expertise, the Finn is aware of simply how exhausting it’s to cope with a driver of Hamilton’s skill.

“Sometimes I may match him however over the complete season I needed to stretch each session to match him.

“You may solely achieve this a lot stretching and you then run out of power and that was the case with me, I didn’t have sufficient margin in my capability to do the instances and the races that he did, so it was not simple.

“His degree of efficiency is so excessive that even for tremendous abilities like Max [Verstappen] it requires loads of effort, loads of focus, loads of power, so it’s not going to be simple, not everybody can deal with that, it’s so simple as that.”


One driver who did handle to ‘deal with that’ was Nico Rosberg, who again in 2016 as Hamilton’s team-mate, beat him to the Drivers’ Championship.

However, the pressure of that achievement led to Rosberg retiring from Components 1 simply days after.

“I believe Rosberg had to make use of all of the instruments from his toolbox to have the ability to beat Lewis and that just about killed him,” stated Kovalainen.

“He stated it himself, he couldn’t have achieved one other season like that or he’d be lifeless.”




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