Alonso is the fastest driver, says Hamilton
11 March 2013 – Lewis Hamilton has described former McLaren team-mate and two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso as the fastest driver in Formula 1 ahead of the 2013 campaign, returning the favour after heavy praise from the Spaniard earlier this year.
"Talking about a rivalry with Jenson doesn't really excite me, the rivalry with Fernando excites me more," Hamilton explained to The Mail on Sunday. "He's the guy I want to beat. You also want to beat Seb [Vettel], as they are the ones with most titles.
"But Alonso's the fastest driver I can see. Anyone would struggle to beat him. You've got to try and stay ahead of him in a Ferrari that's competitive. That's going to be a real challenge."
In 2007, when Alonso and Hamilton were team-mates, both drivers picked up four race victories and scored 109 points. Hamilton, however, was ranked higher because of more second place finishes, claiming five to surpass Alonso's total of four.