Alonso: “McLaren-Renault will change this easy time for Mercedes”
Fernando Alonso claimed that Lewis Hamilton had an easy road to his fourth World Championship as he has faced ‘no real threats’ this year.
After a dramatic race in Mexico, Sebastian Vettel only managed to finish P4 and failed to keep the championship alive. Hamilton finished only P9 but managed to clinch his fourth world title with two races to spare. The Spaniard believes that Hamilton’s world title wins against Nico Rosberg were better.
“It was very easy this year, no opponents,” Alonso said. “Last year he had Nico until the last race, fighting every single race.”
“This year was too easy. Mercedes four races to the end constructors’ champion, Hamilton three races before the end drivers’ champion.
“Hopefully McLaren-Renault will change this easy time for them.”
Alonso and Hamilton were involved in a late scrap at the Mexican Grand Prix battling for ninth position. Alonso’s terrific defense showcased McLaren’s strengths. He feels that this little exchange acts a reminder to everyone in the paddock to the threat he poses ahead of the 2018 season.
“At the end with Hamilton, as soon as you start battling, you lack a bit of straightline speed,” Alonso added. “We tried to brake a little bit later every time, tried to defend the position but it was not possible.”
“I think he knows, he knows. He knows also how strong the McLaren car [is] in the corners, he saw also today.
“I think next year hopefully we can give a little bit harder time to him.”