Five times Fernando Alonso showed he was Lewis Hamilton’s biggest ever F1 rival and NOT Max Verstappen

LEWIS HAMILTON revealed that former McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso was his toughest ever F1 opponent – not Max Verstappen. Alonso held on to the position, and Hamilton finished in third, earning his first podium finish. By this time Hamilton had found his stride at McLaren, and he and Alonso were battling it out for the top spot. As Hamilton waited for his team-mate to finish refueling at the pit-box, Alonso decided to loiter in the spot longer than needed in a pre-meditated effort to slow the Brit down. But Alonso’s deviant tactics backfired when the situation was reviewed by the stewards who handed him a five-place grid penalty, whilst simultaneously promoting Hamilton to P1. As Hamilton and Alonso’s battle raged on the track, they made light of their rivalry in a hilarious advert. And even Hamilton conceded that he would’ve done the same despite initially being angry with Alonso’s tactics. Alonso was far from amused by what transpired and labelled Hamilton an “idiot.”. But Alonso’s dig was the least of Hamilton’s worries as he revealed he nearly broke his back in the crash and is lucky to be alive.

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