Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso expressed his belief that Lewis Hamilton came into F1 “like a tsunami” as a rookie in 2007.
Alonso joined McLaren in 2007 as a double world champion while Hamilton was a rookie who immediately started to contest for the top position with the Spaniard, which Alonso admitted was tough, but fair.
“Looking back, and I think Lewis will think the same, we had no issues between us, no problems. We had a very tough competition, but fair,” Alonso told Sky Sports.
“Lewis came into Formula 1 like a tsunami with all of his talent, and all of his abilities and results – immediately results. That was intense and that was also challenging for everybody.
“Honestly, I think, and probably he agrees, the team didn’t handle the situation. I don’t want to blame Ron [Dennis], I don’t want to blame any particular name, but as a team, as a management, we were too young.”
Alonso went on to miss out on the championship times, most significantly in 2007, 2010, and 2012 and then his focus was shifted towards completing the prestigious Triple Crown, achieved only by Graham Hill.
While the Spaniard missed out on winning the Indy 500 in the past, Alonso shared his desire to win the Indy 500 and conquer different targets outside F1.
“The Indy 500 is still a very appealing one, [the] Dakar Rally, different categories, and [I] try to be one of the most complete drivers in the world, in motorsport,” Alonso explained.
“I have the ambition now to keep conquering different targets.”