The only team-mate I ever learnt from was Alonso – Lewis Hamilton


Credit: Steve Etherington

Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team driver Lewis Hamilton says the only team-mate he ever learnt anything from is Fernando Alonso, and it was mental strength that helped him to beat Scuderia Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel this season, earning him his fourth world title.

Speaking in an interview with Amanda Davies for CNN’s The Circuit the Brit was extremely candid, explaining that he did not feel he learnt anything from former team-mate, and the man who beat him to the world championship in 2016, Nico Rosberg.

“No. Zero. From all my teammates that I’ve raced with, I don’t generally take much from them.

“I’d say probably the only teammate I’ve ever really learned something from would have been Fernando [Alonso] — it was my first year in F1… After that, I would say I was able to have the experience, so I never felt I was taking anything from another driver.

“I was just always trying to enhance and unlock my own abilities.”

Hamilton went on to speak about his time at Mercedes so far and how he has developed as a driver across those years with the German squad.

The Brit admitted that although he joined Mercedes back in 2013 with exuberance and well-meaning, if he had applied the work ethic he does today back then, he would no doubt be onto his fifth world title by now.

“I think I came to the team with a good energy but my work ethic is so much better today — so I would have applied that at the beginning.

“I probably would have five championships right now, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.

“Losing the championship last year enabled me to be the driver and the man I am today.”

Hamilton also confirmed that there was no reason for people to worry about him extending his contract with Mercedes; he just wants to make sure he gets the best deal possible.

“Nope. Don’t have any doubts – just have to be very, very good at negotiating…”

Having lost out on the title to Rosberg in 2016, in what was a close and fractious battle, Hamilton says he was able to overcome Vettel this season because of his improved mental strength in 2017.

“The mental side of things was key to this year.

“That really is the case for a lot of top athletes competing. It’s the smallest thing, we’re talking about small percentages.

“I think that’s really, for me, been the biggest difference between us.”

The Brit who is a strong personality in the Formula 1 paddock, and a great ambassador for the sport, especially in the US, says he is humbled by the respect he receives from other drivers, and he equally has that respect for his fellow drivers..

“It’s really come to light the respect I have received from certain drivers, and that’s something I really, really appreciate because naturally you want to be respected by your peers…

“I have that respect for other people who I race with. To hear that reflected and reciprocated, that’s a great feeling.”

The full interview with CNN can be seen at this link: http://edition.cnn.com/videos/sports/2017/11/16/lewis-hamilton-four-time-formula-one-f1-champion-fernando-alonso-vettel-mercedes-circuit-spc.cnn

  • Do Do

    “I’d say probably the only teammate I’ve ever really learned something from would have been Fernando [Alonso] — it was my first year in F1″

    I doubt that, in fact, that’s a little ridiculous. What he probably meant to say is, the only driver to *teach* me anything was Fernando. There’s a difference. I suspect he’s learned a lot from quite a few drivers every year in fact, and in turn a lot of drivers have probably learned a lot from him.

  • MiaScusi

    Well, if you want to learn the art of whine. Then you can’t beat Alonso and Lewis appears to have learned well.

  • Ed

    Lewis didn’t win this one, Sebastian and Ferrari lost it, there’s a big difference there.

  • Leonardo Pisano Bigollo

    Haaaa. Lewis had the mental strength to not lose it. Vettel didn’t have that mental strength. So Lewis won it by not having a mental melt down like Vettel had.

  • MiaScusi

    But, you hold on to the fantasy that Hambone lost last because of engine failures. Did engine failures impact both championships or not. If, you endorse one and deny the other. Then you are a hypocritical liar. Which, I am sure you will prove.

  • TheMan

    The man’s name is Hamilton, not Hambone.
    Get it Scuzzy?

  • Rocky Litheko

    Really… who’s being petulant now?!?

  • Do Do

    Let me help you
    pet·u·lant
    ˈpeCHələnt/Submit
    adjective
    (of a person or their manner) childishly sulky or bad-tempered.

  • Rocky Litheko

    Let me help you
    pet·u·lant
    ˈpeCHələnt/p)Ve·tt·el/Do·do/Submit
    adjective
    (of a person or their manner) childishly sulky or bad-tempered.

    Glad to see you emphasise your childishness. The people rest.

  • Do Do

    I guess you’re going to keep on insisting on demonstrating you’re too stupid to know how stupid you are. If you don’t know what words mean, don’t use them dumbdumb.

  • Rocky Litheko

    Hahahahaha… you are such a sorry little boy. You’re parents should be proud.

  • Do Do

    So I notice from your posts you have some sort of psychological disorder. I’m quite certain, your parents have nothing to be proud of which probably explains why all your posts involve trolling others. I just took a look and the one thing you like to do repeatedly is attack people who post opinions you don’t agree with. Speaking of “sorry little boy” grow up dumbdumb. The comment sections is for expressing opinions, everyone is entitled to their own. You, like a baby seem to think that it’s ok to start frothing at the mouth whenever someone posts something you don’t agree with. You imagine you’re at war with everyone. You’re angry and probably don’t know why, but I’m sure it has something to do with lack of parenting and possibly paternal abuse. So, my message to you is Grow Up. Now if you’re 12-13 I get, you haven’t figured it out, but if you’re in your 20’s or 30’s or higher, you need help. I’m actually not being sarcastic, you need help before you become one of those lone wolf violent mass murderers.

  • Rocky Litheko

    If you write anything on social media, especially if it’s the kind of drivel you’ve just posted, expect a reply from the likes of me. And yes, as you may rightly have noticed, I am quite allergic to idiocy. Imagine Alonso “the Teacher” schooling Hamilton about the traits of being a better F1 driver. “Ridiculous” is exactly what you’ve just wriiten herein above. Oh… I didnt know I had a fan in you. If you can be a good boy and behave you can expect my autogrpah for Christmas. ;)

  • Do Do

    Donkey boy, if you’d work on your reading and comprehension, or get someone help you, you complete moron, they referenced Hamilton’s first year, so moron, he was hardly a master at that point. Secondly you complete idiot, they all learn from each other. You’re just too stupid to understand this. Now go to your room, little boy. It’s important that someone who’s obviously as lonely as you has at least one fan, I’m quite certain, in your real life if you passed, few people would notice or care. Poor thing, need a hug?

  • Rocky Litheko

    Stating the obvious doesn’t make your opinion any intelligent. It’s not a state secret that Hamilton was a rookie when he partnered Alonso and I would have been mightily surprised had Hamilton said he learnt nothing from Alonso. On the other hand, if teaching is what tickles your funny bone, watched how Mercedes Benz and Hamilton taught Vettel and Ferrari a lesson now of late?!? Now thats proper classroom, elementary education right there son…. Fact! Yours, just like bad breath, is nothin but a lousy opinion and it stinks.

  • MiaScusi

    Said, like a true biased hater. So, the post has no basis in reality or credence.

  • Do Do

    Except dumbdumb, you still haven’t explained what it is about your insecure personality disorder that causes you to start frothing at the mouth when someone expresses an opinion you don’t agree with. Think about it, was it your dad? Was it school bullying? Was it a teacher. The point is you’re a pathetic little person who runs around attacking people you don’t agree with because you’re pathetic and you’ve been damaged. Sadly because you’re probably alone, you’ll never get help but dumbdumb, try to figure out, the comment sections where you attack people are for commenting about the topic, not the person posting. You’re so damaged, it’s sad….because once you reduced to insults, the topic gets dismissed, like I’ve done. You’re a pathetic little broken punk. Own it, or fix it.

  • Rocky Litheko

    You’re starting to scare me now… you sound a lot more like a psychotic stalker. Better report you to relevant authorities. A lunatic is running ablaze on a terrorist mission. He’s main weaponry of choice is idiotic opinions about others and hurling incoherent and far-fetched abuse. Stupid couldn’t have come early this festive season. Hahahahahaha

  • Do Do

    LMFAO, “scare me now” be honest little boy, if you’re weren’t safely behind that keyboard you know and I know you wouldn’t even consider being as rude to people as you do, as I said, you’re a punk. That will never change, you’ll just get older and still be a repugnant punk and alone.

  • cameron coulson

    Last we looked, LH had more points

  • cameron coulson

    You obviously are a Ferrari fan, whose 2 drivers combined to fu%@ up the championship.

  • cameron coulson

    No, Vettel is the King of Whine! Look at Mexico 2016. He’s lucky he wasn’t parked for a race.

  • cameron coulson

    Doo Doo, why don’t you ask LH, you have all the answers!

  • Rocky Litheko

    Arguing with you is no different from wrestling a pig. Each word I say, you take it and twist it to your own narrow minded means. We have strayed so much off topic, nobody will ever notice the real pig being you in the first place. Anyway, enjoy your day you fool and have an even awesome year watching Hamilton wipe the floor clean with Alonso and everybody else on the grid next year.

  • Do Do

    English please

  • Do Do

    That’s all part of your psychological disorder, imagine, someone expresses an opinion and your life is about attacking the messenger. I know it’s no just me as I’ve seen your posts to others. You’re sad actually. Who did this to you? You’re arguing? I’m not. So not surprisingly you’re arguing with yourself and ya, I have no doubt you would know exactly what “wrestling a pig” would be like.

    “Hamilton wipe the floor clean with Alonso and everybody else on the grid next year.”

    Oh, I see, you think I don’t like Hamilton? You think I’m an Alonso fan? That’s because you’re stupid along with sick. Poor sad little boy.

  • Rocky Litheko

    The more you emphasise my “sadness” the more you draw attention to your own sadness. As far as your opinion goes, it is as revolting as bad breath. If you can help it, please spare us and keep it to yourself. Stop being so impetuous.

  • Do Do

    LOL, sure, you’re so sad, where does it come from? Tell me, who did this to you?

  • Rocky Litheko

    Earlier you accused me of my inability to read and incomprehensible demeanour. Allow me to pass onto you an equal measure of complement. Drop everything you’re doing at this instant, find yourself a mirror and on that reflection, you shall find the very thing that makes me sad for days… ignoramus, blockheaded chump.

  • Do Do

    Poor thing, I’m still waiting, you’re in denial, was it just the way your mother or father spoke down to you? Did you know your father, did your mother even know your father. You can usually tell where the aggression and cowardly behavior comes from. I hope you don’t own a pet, I can only imagine the horror that poor thing is suffer. Most places have help for people like you.

  • MiaScusi

    I am required by a Papal Edict to be a Ferrari fan. Because I own a red vintage Italian sports car with a little Ferrari DNA in it. Nothing, I can do about it.

  • Rocky Litheko

    Okay, you win. Im an angry, neurotic, psycho whom, apparently, never knew his parents, neither owns a pet. However, you sir are the epitome of all that is good on earth. Sorry for stepping on your toes by merely tryig to help you by pointing to some of the obvious. Had I known I would be pontificated for just saying my mind, I wouldn’t have bothered. Again, this was another case of throwing pearls to a pig.

  • Do Do

    The point isn’t that I win dumbdumb, the point is that you’re a loser that starts frothing at the mouth because you don’t agree with people on the internet. Notice all you do is run around insulting people? That makes you a loser and again, this reference to “pigs” Let me guess, you come for some shit hole farm town in Europe and spend your day with pigs, which would explain why you have intimate knowledge about pigs, then at night you become an F1 authority. LMAO, poor damaged little boy. Must be a hard life being so angry.