F1: Lewis Hamilton goes for a seaside run
Lewis Hamilton has been warned that Fernando Alonso will win another world championship upon his return to Formula One. Hamilton will be looking to overtake Michael Schumacher as the most successful driver in F1 history this year. The Brit equalled Schumacher’s record of seven world championship wins last year.
However, former Spanish driver Pedro de la Rosa expects Alonso to provide strong competition over the coming seasons.
Two-time world champion Alonso quit the sport at the end of the 2018 season.
However, Hamilton’s former McLaren team-mate will return this year to race for the newly-branded Alpine team.
De la Rosa says Alonso’s return is great for F1 and he expects the 39-year-old to achieve plenty of success.
“He loves F1,” De la Rosa told a new Movistar documentary about Alonso.
“These last few years away from the sport have made him appreciate F1. His return is going to be very positive for F1 in general, not just for him.
“He can win the world championship again. [He has created] an excitement around the sport – it all used to be a bit sad before Alonso appeared.
“People used to be completely indifferent to it because there wasn’t a Spaniard who was winning.”
Alonso turns 40 in July and he would become the oldest world champion since Jack Brabham in 1966 if he were to add to his two titles.
Speaking in December, Alonso was realistic about his ambitions and said a podium finish alongside fellow Spaniard Carlos Sainz would be a great moment.
“It is imaginable and it would be a dream to be on a podium with Carlos Sainz,” Alonso told CadenaSAR in December.
“What do I settle for? I have nothing in terms of a specific position. It would be nice to get on the podium.
“To make some podiums and taste the champagne again would be fantastic.”
However, Alonso admitted his new car is better than he expected it to be.
He added: “It’s a more competitive car than I imagined, let’s hope this inertia continues.
“It will be Alpine and not Renault and I am curious about its design, colours, etc.
“This season it seems that there were more possibilities than in others for the rest of the teams, but I am aware that those podiums came because of catastrophes at Mercedes.”
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