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The security of being in a big moment and having the best single-seater allows Hamilton to speak with absolute sincerity, and with a certain tone of superiority, each time it is asked. In an interview with Sport Bild, the british referred to Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel, which are considered to be next to him, by many, the best of the current grid. With the Spanish shared equipment in the season of its debut, that 2007 in which McLaren lost the world and put it in the hands of Raikkonen and Ferrari. Despite the fact that Alonso was already a double champion and he had not yet contested a single race in the premier category, and Lewis claims to know that he would exceed: “Before debut, I knew it was going to be very difficult to beat Fernando Alonso, but I also knew that I could do it. I remember that, shortly before the first race, our boss Ron Dennis said to me in his office that was not to be disappointed a lot if I was extremely overtaken by Alonso, but I knew that that was not going to happen”.
None of the two won the title and none finished with more points than the other: tied at 109. In Woking have always avoided to remind that year, and limited to say that “things happened”. Those things led to the departure of Alonso to McLaren, and from there, competing in different teams, the comparison is not fair. Hamilton won the championship in 2008, but in its way it broke first Brawn and then Red Bull away success until in 2014 he returned to be crowned with Mercedes. By the way, Vettel became a four-time champion, but the English doubt: “We have a lot of respect, but it is difficult to assess how good it is. Never had a teammate like Fernando Alonso. Has been with Mark Webber, who was not at his level, and now with Raikkonen, that is not already in its highest peak of performance”.
What is certain is that Hamilton has had four companions, two champions and the other two not, and has only been able to get the most points, with the same car, that the two who do not know what it is to win a world: Heikki Kovalainen (McLaren, 2008 and 2009) and Rosberg (Mercedes in 2014 and 2015). In the above-mentioned tie on points with Alonso at McLaren in 2007 is compounded by the following fact: being mates in the English team (between 2010 and 2012), Hamilton totaled 657 points and Button 672. Furthermore, both Alonso and Vettel do know what is to beat a fellow world champion: Kimi Raikkonen, while Lewis will downplay that fact.
in Addition to its rivals (lately it has polemizado with Schumacher, Rosberg and now Alonso and Vettel), he also spoke of himself, and of the reason of their wins: “I would Not say that it is confidence in myself, but faith is extreme in myself. That is the key to success”.