Fernando Alonso makes surprising claim about Lewis Hamilton

Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton haven’t always had the best of relationships but a clear respect has remained between the two of them throughout their careers.

The relationship between Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso dates back to the pair’s partnership at McLaren during the 2007 season.

With Hamilton debuting in Formula 1, Alonso had made the switch to the team, having won back to back titles at Renault.

Alonso’s time at the team would last for one season, finishing third in the Drivers’ Standings, just behind his teammate and only one point behind title winner Kimi Raikkonen.

At the end of the 2007 season, Alonso would leave McLaren to return to Renault but his respect for and rivalry with Hamilton would remain to this day.

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In their most recent outing, Hamilton and Alonso found themselves doing battle at the Australian Grand Prix, as they fought over P2, which would ultimately be claimed by the Brit.

At the age of 41, while he is keen to secure more victories and potentially another title, Alonso is aware that he is near the end of his career on the grid.

Thinking about his final seasons, Alonso revealed to the Daily Mail who he would like to be paired with before his career wraps up.

“It would be nice to end our careers together, I’d love that,” Alonso said, discussing a reunion with Hamilton.

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“We had a difficult season [in 2007], but we respected what the other was doing on track and still do.

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“We each consider the other to be a talented driver and one of the toughest competitors we have ever met,” he added.

Alonso currently sits in P3 in the Drivers’ Standings on 45 points, just ahead of Hamilton on 38.

Their respective teams are also doing battle with Aston Martin having scooped 65 points in three races, while Mercedes has secured 56.