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Hamilton backs "hardest driver" Alonso defence

Hamilton backs "hardest driver" Alonso defence

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Hamilton backs "hardest driver" Alonso defence

Hamilton backs "hardest driver" Alonso defence

Lewis Hamilton has ruled Fernando Alonso's Hungarian Grand Prix defence was "hard" but "fair".

The Mercedes driver was charging back through the field after a strategic error had dropped him to the back when he encountered Alonso.

The pair came millimetres from colliding at turn four before Hamilton eventually made his way past, although Ross Brawn criticised the Briton's "moaning".

On his duel with former McLaren team-mate Alonso, Hamilton said: "Now, looking back on it, it was amazing. It really, really was fantastic.

"I wish the cars could follow closer and excited for what the cars are like next year.

"Hopefully, that eradicates a lot of that bad drafting that we have here. But yeah, it’s a really difficult circuit to overtaken in general, and to follow particularly in that last sector but great, great wheel-to-wheel battles.

"It literally was wheel-to-wheel at least once and yeah… I don’t really have much more to say about it.

"When you’re racing against a two-time World Champion he probably is one of the hardest drivers – but fair."

After scoring his first F1 victory, Esteban Ocon joked with Hamilton saying, "He [Alonso] has to do that to keep you behind!"

"Yeah, I totally get it," responded Hamilton. "I would do the same for my team."

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Shrstrsh

Remember, Alonso was one stopping and had older tires, and he's in an Alpine - not quite Mercedes- performance. That he kept Hamilton behind 10 laps is a testament to his race craft.

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Yet Alonso eventually made a mistake and was passed by Hamilton on a circuit second only to Monaco for overtaking difficulty. Also in this duel Hamilton had more to lose than Alonso. Sainz on the other hand (Hamiltons next overtake) had more to lose than Alonso and did not prove to be such an obstacle. Also Alonso provided valuable experience to Hamilton which was perhaps useful in the Sainz overtake.

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Remember, Alonso was one stopping and had older tires, and he's in an Alpine - not quite Mercedes- performance. That he kept Hamilton behind 10 laps is a testament to his race craft.

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Alberto

You can not say the same about Hamilton attack to verstappen.

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