Formula One driver Fernando Alonso has downplayed the success of Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, stating that they did not build themselves into champions like he did. The two-time world champion believes that his own journey to becoming a champion was more challenging and required him to build his career from scratch.
Alonso, who is making a comeback to Formula One this year with the Alpine team after a two-year hiatus, spoke about the success of Hamilton and Verstappen in an interview. He highlighted the differences in their paths to success, emphasizing that he had to work harder to achieve his championships.
The Spanish driver pointed out that both Hamilton and Verstappen were fortunate to have entered the sport with top teams. Hamilton made his debut with McLaren in 2007 and won the championship in his second season, while Verstappen joined Red Bull Racing in 2016 and became the youngest race winner in Formula One history.
In contrast, Alonso began his Formula One career with the Minardi team in 2001, which was not as competitive as McLaren or Red Bull Racing. He then moved to Renault, where he won his two world championships in 2005 and 2006. Alonso believes that his success came from building his career step by step and working his way up to a top team.
The 39-year-old driver acknowledged the talent of both Hamilton and Verstappen but stated that their success was facilitated by joining top teams early in their careers. Alonso believes that if he had the same opportunities, his achievements would have been even greater.
Alonso’s return to Formula One has generated excitement among fans who are eager to see him compete against the current crop of talented drivers. The Spaniard is determined to make an impact and prove that he still has what it takes to compete at the highest level.
As the new season approaches, all eyes will be on Alonso as he aims to challenge Hamilton, Verstappen, and other top drivers for the championship title. Despite downplaying their success, Alonso’s competitive spirit remains intact, and he is determined to show that he is still a force to be reckoned with in Formula One.