Lewis Hamilton names former teammate Alonso as his toughest rival in F1

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Lewis Hamilton names former teammate Alonso as his toughest rival in F1

Ahead of his 300th F1 race, the seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton has named his former McLaren teammate Alonso as the most outstanding competitor on his action-packed career. Latest remarks from Hamilton comes forth just a day before appearing at his 300th F1 event in the 16-year long career, joining a club of just five members.

Hamilton names former teammate Alonso as his toughest competitor

Speaking in a press conference with Alonso, the 40-year-old Spanish Alpine F1 driver, who had won two back-to-back world championship titles in 2005 and 2006, Hamilton said, “I think it's difficult to say who has necessarily been my strongest competitor, because every time you're with someone you're in a different place of your life.

But I remember the task of being alongside Fernando when I was 22, you know, I was so young mentally and of course -- OK in terms of skill -- but it's a lot of pressure to go up against a great like him. So I would say out of pure pace, I think I would say it's Fernando, and his ability.

We had some good battles, I wish we could have more. Hopefully he will continue to race, and hopefully we will have more in the future” Alonso, who had witnessed the debut of Hamilton as his teammate in a McLaren-Mercedes team back in the 2007, squared the complement saying Hamilton is a “legend of our sport,” adding “I don't think he changed much to be honest, He had the talent already in 2007 and he still has the talent now, with experience.

He has been a tremendous driver and a legend of our sport. So, it has been always a pleasure to share all this time with him and back then, probably, no one thought someone will be able to win seven titles as Michael [Schumacher did].

But yes, the journey has been amazing and the team that they all built in Mercedes over these years, it was outstanding. Congratulations for the 300th and hopefully another win soon”. Alonso has already joined the special club of 300th F1 races, as he currently stood at 344 events, just five races behind the record holder Kami Raikkonen.