Alonso downplays: ‘If only Hamilton had driven against Verstappen, Leclerc or myself’

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Valtteri Bottas’ victory makes a lot of sense in the racing world. Although he took victory, partly thanks to a rebuked Lewis Hamilton, doubts about the situation at Mercedes are growing. Is Hamilton really everything thrown in there?

According to The Gazzetta dello Sport There is indeed a grain of truth in this reasoning: “It is suspected that Hamilton, despite the invaluable value of his victories, has been very much in the hands of teammate Bottas in recent years.”

Hamilton’s talents are not in doubt, but what is a win worth if you have no competition? After all, Hamilton won six out of ten Grands Prix in 2020 and started no less than eight times from pole position. With the same material Bottas would have to sit at the same height more often.

An old acquaintance of the six-time world champion, Fernando Alonso, could not resist making a sharp comment about this problem, according to the Italian medium: ‘If Hamilton had driven Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc or myself in recent years, who knows … ‘

Bottas retaliates

Despite the persistent criticism of his gentle attitude towards his colleague, Bottas continues to assert that he is not going for bacon and beans: “Many criticize me, but I gave my answer last weekend.”

‘I’m not one to give up. I come to every race with the confidence that I can win and, like now, try to seize opportunities, ”said the Finn. The final verdict of the Italian sports newspaper is merciless: “When you look at the ranking, and keep in mind that Bottas sees it that way, it looks like he is cycling against the wind.” (Photo: Red Bull Content Pool / Getty Images)







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