Fernando Alonso bizarrely claims Lewis Hamilton had it easy when he won his seven F1 world titles, suggesting Michael Schumacher and the Brit owed their success to ‘ONLY having to beat their team-mates’

Fernando Alonso has claimed Lewis Hamilton’s world championships are not as valuable as those won by Max Verstappen. Alonso won consecutive championships in 2005 and 2006 with Renault – bringing Schumacher’s era of dominance to an end – while Verstappen saw off Hamilton in last season’s deeply contentious title fight. Hamilton beat Ferrari’s Felipe Massa to win his maiden title in 2008 with McLaren. ‘I have a lot of respect for Lewis, but it is different when you win seven world titles and you only had to fight with your team-mate,’ said Alonso in an interview with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. ‘I never had to fight with my team-mate Giancarlo Fisichella to win those titles.

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