Kovalainen: Battle with Hamilton nearly killed Rosberg, while Alonso never really recovered

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Kovalainen: Battle with Hamilton nearly killed Rosberg, while Alonso never really recovered

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Former Components 1 driver Heikki Kovalainen has mentioned concerning the difficulties of working alongside the seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

The Finnish driver was teammates with the Englishman at McLaren after succeeding Fernando Alonso in 2008, following the Spaniard’s return to Renault on the finish of the 2007 season.

“Sometimes I might match him however over the total season I needed to stretch each session to match him,” Kovalainen informed talkSPORT.

“You’ll be able to solely accomplish that a lot stretching and you then run out of power and that was the case with me, I did not have sufficient margin in my capability to do the occasions and the races that he did, so it was not straightforward.

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

“I believe [Nico] 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, he mentioned it himself, he could not have executed one other season like that or he’d be useless.”

Kovalainen: Battle with Hamilton nearly killed Rosberg, while Alonso never really recovered

Kovalainen went on to specific his perception that Alonso might have been affected by Hamilton‘s dominance in 2007. From that time on, the two-time world champion has not managed to win a single title.

“Since [Alonso‘s] championship years with Renault he is at all times made the improper transfer and simply generally I’m wondering if the set off was the shock of Hamilton‘s velocity,” he mentioned.

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

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