Lewis Hamilton has definitely upped the ante with the F1 season practically around the corner by saying that he blew Alonso away during his rookie year in 2007.
Hamilton came extremely close to winning the world championship in his debut year and eventually lost it to Raikkonen by a point after managing only seventh place in the last race of the season. Alonso also finished the 2007 season on the same points but was third as he had less podium points than his then team-mate Hamilton.
Although Lewis Hamilton says it was “sickening” to lose the Championship in that way, he says he got a lot of satisfaction from beating team-mate Fernando Alonso.
“I definitely didn’t blame myself for the year that I missed out,” he said during an interview with McLaren team sponsor Johnnie Walker. “It was my first season in Formula 1, alongside a World Champion – a double World Champion – and I blew him away. I beat him.
“No-one has ever come into their first year and been at the front, let alone beat a World Champion, beat the mentality and the strength that he would have had and his experience in Formula 1 already up to that point”.
“There’s no answer I can possibly come up with except for fate. I was leading and needed a couple of points in the last two races. I barely got one. Those were the worst two races of the year. In one race I went off and in the second one the car stopped and it had never stopped on me before that. It was a growing experienced and it has made me who I am today.”