Fernando Alonso, the Spanish driver currently racing for Aston Martin, was once known as a charismatic maverick during his time at McLaren in 2007. However, recent accusations of destroying lives have resurfaced, shedding light on Alonso’s egotistical behavior.
Alonso has over 20 years of experience in Formula 1 and gained a reputation for causing turmoil when he switched teams. He would often leave teams on bad terms, disrupting the harmony within the group. This behavior was evident during his time at Alpine, where he frequently criticized his teammate Esteban Ocon.
Damon Hill, a former Formula 1 driver, has highlighted Alonso’s self-centered character, noting that he tends to leave people feeling broken when he switches teams. This idea was reinforced by a recent tweet from Gery Convy, a former McLaren trainer. The tweet featured a picture from a team-building event in 2007 that Alonso had chosen not to attend, implying that he considered himself superior to the team.
According to Convy, Alonso’s absence set the tone for the intense intra-team rivalries that occurred throughout the 2007 season. The rivalry between Alonso and his teammate Lewis Hamilton, who was in his first season, was particularly notable. Despite the passage of time, their rivalry still sparks debate about who is the greatest F1 driver ever.
Although some experts argue that Alonso’s choices and demeanor may have prevented him from winning additional championships, the present season finds him and Hamilton only one point apart. Alonso currently holds the top position in the championship standings with his Aston Martin, despite his team gradually falling behind Mercedes.
Once again, the debate arises about who would come out on top if Alonso and Hamilton were to compete using the same equipment. Danica Patrick, a former driver in IndyCar and NASCAR, has openly praised Alonso’s competitiveness even at the age of 41. However, she ultimately believes that Hamilton’s ability to perform consistently and avoid errors would give him the advantage in a direct confrontation.
Alonso and Hamilton, despite their competitive relationship, have both earned legendary status in F1 and exhibit mutual admiration. The lingering uncertainty lies in whether either of them can pose a challenge to the formidable Red Bull team.
Alonso’s previous actions and recent claims of narcissism have thrust him into the limelight, simultaneously enhancing Hamilton’s standing. The ongoing discussion regarding the superior driver remains unresolved, yet both individuals have made a significant impression on the world of sports.