In a recent interview, Lewis Hamilton brushed off comments from Fernando Alonso on social media, which he said made him laugh.
Alonso told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf that “Max’s names are worth more than Hamilton’s” and “I have a lot of respect for Lewis, but it’s different when you’ve won seven world championships and you had to fight with your team-mate.”
After the quotes went viral on social media, Alonso told his followers: “I’m tired of the constant search for headlines.”
Hamilton had his own reaction to the image of him winning the 2007 United States Grand Prix ahead of then-teammate Alonso. He said he was amused by his rival’s comments but tried to treat the other champions with respect.
“It makes me laugh a little bit to be honest,” Hamilton said at a press conference yesterday. “But over the years I’ve tried to be really respectful.
“For example, when you ask me who is the best driver for me, I always try to say thank you. It’s certainly interesting to see comments made, but that’s okay. That’s why I gave it a thumbs up.
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff played down Alonso’s comments and said they had no influence on the driver. “It’s funny,” Wolff said. “It’s ridiculous and it makes headlines and sport is about headlines.
“They are great champions and Alonso likes to throw one in. I don’t think one millimeter will bother Lewis.”
Alonso believes reports of his comments have sparked a backlash on social media. “I think we’re all trying to help and make social media a better place and we should all be working together on that,” he said. “We have to stop pitting fans against each other. We are all the same and great champions, great sportsmen, and we try to enjoy this beautiful moment.
Asked after the race to comment on Max Verstappen’s 14th career record break, Alonso said: “I don’t talk about anyone else anymore because I always think it’s just a misunderstanding.” So, you know, it’s great for him. “
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