Fernando Alonso: Lewis Hamilton is “at the same level at least” as Schumacher

06-12-2019 17:44
by Bevan Youl
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Fernando Alonso: Lewis Hamilton is “at the same level at least” as Schumacher

Two-time Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso has said that Lewis Hamilton is “at the same level at least” as legend Michael Schumacher, being amazed at how the Briton is performing at the moment.

Alonso, who left F1 at the end of 2018, watched on as Hamilton claimed his sixth World Championship to sit only one behind Schumacher’s seven, as well as within touching distance of breaking his record of 91 wins.
 
The Mercedes driver admitted that it was difficult year and Alonso echoed his feelings with the late challenge from Ferrari and performances from Red Bull.
 
"It’s amazing what he is doing in F1 right now," Alonso said to Channel 4.
 
"The combination between himself and the team is very dominant.

"I think this championship was quite difficult for him. Ferrari was strong and so too were Red Bull for some parts of the season.

"I think it’s difficult to say [whether he is better than Schumacher]. I think Lewis is at the same level at least."

As for Hamilton’s future after 2020 not being confirmed and speculation that he could go to Ferrari Alonso says he needs to think about all his possibilities.

"I think it’s a very personal answer," Alonso added.

"He has to consider all the possible situations and ingredients in the mix and make the decision. I think it is very personal.

"I think there will probably be some loyalty to put into place with Mercedes as well for all the achievements they’ve had together.

"Also, I don’t know what Mercedes are thinking as well for 2021."

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