FERNANDO ALONSO has taken goal at his former McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton.
Mercedes: What’s gone unsuitable on the F1 and may they get better?
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Fernando Alonso has taken a dig at former McLaren team-mate and seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton after claiming that the rationale the Mercedes star is failing to win this yr is as a result of he now not has “the quickest automotive within the sport” after laws modified earlier than this season.
Hamilton gained all bar one Drivers’ Championship from 2014 to 2020 as he cemented himself as probably the most dominant driver within the sport. He virtually made it 5 consecutive titles final season, though he was crushed on the closing hurdle by Max Verstappen in controversial circumstances.
Nevertheless, the Brit has struggled closely this season after laws modified over the low season. Mercedes’ automobiles have been battling porpoising and have massively struggled to maintain up with Ferrari and Pink Bull.
And Alonso has steered that the one cause Hamilton was so dominant was as a result of he had the quickest automotive on the time. “That is Components One! It is at all times been that method,” Alonso instructed RacingNews365.
Fernando Alonso has given former staff mate Lewis Hamilton digs for his showings this yr (Picture: GETTY)
“When Ayrton Senna gained titles and races, he had the quickest automotive. Once I gained two titles, I had the quickest automotive. Michael Schumacher additionally had the quickest automotive in his time.” Hamilton seemed to interrupt Schumacher’s document of seven Drivers’ Championship titles earlier than his loss to Verstappen final season.”
However the Spaniard believes that a large issue was that the Mercedes automotive was above and past all of its opponents – implying that it wasn’t a lot ability on Hamilton’s behalf. “Lewis broke all racing and pole place data as a result of he had the quickest automotive,” he continued.
“Now he could possibly race very properly, however he’ll cross the end line in thirteenth. That is simply the way it goes in Components One.” Hamilton at present sits seventh within the standings after recording only one podium end all season.
Lewis Hamilton has a document seven Championships (Picture: GETTY)
The Stevenage-born star got here thirteenth in Imola final week, his lowest end for the reason that Azerbaijan Grand Prix final season and his second-lowest since 2012.
With Charles Leclerc and Verstappen racing forward for the title, Hamilton will want an enormous turnaround in fortunes if he’s to become involved in battling for race victories.
He has already dominated himself out of profitable this yr’s Drivers’ Championship. He stated: “We’re clearly not preventing for this championship however, we’re preventing to grasp the automotive and enhance and progress via the yr. That is all we will hope for proper now.”