Hamilton uses Fernando Alonso to shake Ferrari

F1 Japan GP Compared his and Vettel’s situation

Lewis Hamilton, Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel.
Lewis Hamilton, Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel.

Lewis Hamilton has compared Ferrari’s situation with Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc to his own with Fernando Alonso at McLaren.

Vettel and Leclerc are locked in a power struggle within Ferrari, with both drivers fighting to be the number one in the team.

“It’s an interesting dynamic they have there [at Ferrari], because obviously Seb was number one, and he’s now clearly not,” Hamilton told the press ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix.

“From the energy from the outlook, [Ferrari are] trying to ramp Charles up to be [the number one].

“Is that good for a team? I don’t think so. But that’s the philosophy they’ve had forever.

Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso with McLaren, in 2007 / RV RACING PRESS

Hamilton had a similar struggle with Nico Rosberg at Mercedes but he now believes he his working well alongside Valtteri Bottas.

“We don’t complain, because we have a good philosophy that works really well here and we don’t plan on changing it any time soon,” Hamilton said.

Hamilton worked alongside Alonso at McLaren where he won his first Formula 1 world title.

“When I was with Fernando, he was the hired number one, but then mid-season they gave us equal standing and then you started seeing change.

“That dynamic shifted, and it obviously didn’t go well for the team.

“But I do understand, because ultimately when you’ve arrived, you want to have equal opportunity.

“There are drivers that always wanted that number one status, it’s easier for them. I like to earn that, but start on an equal platform.

“I think you can get that number one status weekend in, weekend out, rather than over the course of the season.

“But if you already know that you’re number two, it’s kind of defeatist, I think, your approach to the weekend.”

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