Fernando Alonso: To have success like Lewis Hamilton you need to have the best car
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Fernando Alonso always has interesting interviews and so this time for the BBC. He talked about Lewis Hamilton and his bad form. "This is the nature of the sport," Alonso said, as quoted by BBC "Sometimes you have a better car, sometimes you have not such a good car and you still need to fight and make some progress.
"This year we see that the driver is very important in F1 but not crucial. "Lewis is driving as good as he has been the last eight years. He was dominating the sport and breaking all the records and 100-and-something pole positions.
And now he is doing a mega lap - as he said in Australia or somewhere like that - and he is one second behind. So, yeah - welcome." Renault and Schumacher Alonso dominated his career and recalled some moments. "This is F1," he says.
"It is not going to be a fair sport in terms of numbers. This is a team sport more than anything and we tend to forget this, especially when we have success. We are so happy for what we are achieving that even if we try to share with the team, all the headlines are for the driver.
"It happened to me when I won the two championships [in 2005 and 2006 with Renault]. I was beating Michael Schumacher. This was a big topic, but my car was more reliable at that time and had very good performance and you cannot praise enough that package because the headlines will still be the driver.
And with Lewis it's the same. "To have more than 100 pole positions in F1 is something unthinkable. You need to have the best car and package for many, many years. "We were doing magic laps sometimes and we were P15, and how do you explain that to people? It will be impossible.
"He deserves everything he's achieved in the past but this year is a good reminder that in all those records and numbers there is a big part on what you have in your hands as a package in the car."
Alonso: Do I regret something?
He also revealed if he regretted something.
"If you do something at one point in life it is because you felt it was right and, thanks to that decision, other opportunities came," Alonso says. "So if I was to stay in different teams for longer, or whatever, I don't think I could have a shot of winning because the sport was very dominated by one team and in that team I didn't have the possibility to go.
"I never spoke with Mercedes. So apart from that, to finish second in a red car or an orange car or a blue car, it doesn't change much. You are second anyway. "At least all the decisions made me try and fulfil a lot of dreams, like the 24 Hours of Le Mans, or try the Indy 500. So I am happy where I am now."