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Fernando Alonso

Alonso hails Hamilton's mindset after Red Bull usurped Mercedes

Fernando Alonso has given praise to fellow Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton for his motivation level amid Red Bull's run of success and his own lack of it.

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Fernando Alonso has praised Lewis Hamilton for his motivation level amid Red Bull's run of success in Formula 1.

The Milton Keynes-based squad has dominated the last two years in F1 winning back-to-back Constructors' and Drivers' Championships.

Red Bull's strong form follows a period of Mercedes domination in F1, with Hamilton winning six titles from 2014 to 2020.

The 38-year-old's last F1 win came at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in 2021 as Mercedes has fallen back in the pecking order.

Despite its challenging period Hamilton has committed his future to the team and recently signed an extension to remain with Mercedes until at least the end of the 2025 campaign alongside George Russell, with his old rival Alonso scoring eight podiums this year after a well-timed switch to Aston Martin.

Alonso motivated by Hamilton

When asked if he thinks Hamilton would've exited F1 if he also had less competitive cars over the last 10 years, Alonso told GQ: “It’s difficult to say.

“We have different personalities and motivations. Lewis always did really well to stay focused and competitive in the periods of his life when he didn’t have a competitive package.

“Those periods weren’t many, but he was always performing to a high level. Now he’s not having the best car, Red Bull is dominating, but he’s still fighting always.

“He’s chasing [Sergio] Perez in P2 and he’s never giving up.

“It motivates all of us to see how Lewis keeps the motivation after winning so many titles.”

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