Lewis Hamilton said that Fernando Alonso questioning the value of his Formula One titles made him “laugh a little”.
Before the Mexican GP, Alonso told Dutch media that Max Verstappen’s two world titles are worth more than Hamilton’s seven because the Red Bull driver hasn’t just beaten his teammate to claim them.
Hamilton and Michael Schumacher’s seven world championships are tied for the most in F1 history.
Hamilton responded to Sunday’s comments on social media with a thumbs-up emoji along with a photo of himself standing on the podium with Alonso at the 2007 United States Grand Prix, when the British driver beat his then-teammate. team at McLaren and took the victory.
Asked to reply after the Mexican Grand Prix, Hamilton responded: “I gave it to you. That’s my thumbs up.”
“I don’t really have much to say about it, it makes me laugh a bit to be honest.
“But I have tried to be very respectful over the years and, for example, when they ask me who has been the best driver for me, I have always tried to praise him.
“It’s definitely interesting to see the comments being made, but it doesn’t really matter. That’s why I just gave the thumbs up.”
Alonso quickly retracted his comments on social media, tweeting: “And again… Please all titles are amazing, well deserved and inspiring. Incomparable to each other and let’s enjoy the champions and legends of our current time.” .
“Tired of the continual search for headlines. Let’s enjoy them.”
However, it is not the first time this season that Alonso has criticized Hamilton.
After crashing on the first lap of the Belgian Grand Prix, a collision for which Hamilton was to blame, an angry Alonso said into his car radio: “What an idiot… this guy only knows how to drive and start first.”
Hamilton also saw the funny side on that occasion and gave Alonso a signed Mercedes cap before the next race.