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Alonso: Hamilton still strongest rival in F1

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2012 Formula 1 first-runner up Fernando Alonso says that Lewis Hamilton is still his strongest rival in Formula One, and also he predict, 2008 world champion will be able to win races with Mercedes for this season.

The Spaniard, who was talking at Ferrari’s annual Wrooom event at Italy, has warned that although Hamilton is at a team which has won just one race in three seasons, his skills should not be underestimated.

“Why do I say Hamilton is the strongest? Because it’s what I think, it’s my personal opinion and there is nothing political in that,” Alonso said.

“Lewis has always won races ever since he has been in Formula One, even in years like 2009, when he had started the season with a car that was two seconds off the quickest. When you look at what happens on track, you are well aware of what he is doing, that’s a fact. Last year, Rosberg won in China, therefore I expect that this year, Lewis in a Mercedes can win more than one race.”

“I did not say that Vettel was not the strongest or that he did not deserve his three titles. There have been periods, like in 2011, when his performance level was fantastic and he was definitely the best.”

“As of today, it’s impossible to say who will be our strongest rivals in 2013. Who will have the best car, who will have done the best job of preparation and had the best development, who will be the luckiest: there are so many factors which go to make the strongest combination of driver and team.”


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