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Fernando Alonso

Alonso: Hamilton came into F1 'like a tsunami'

The two-time Formula 1 World Champion has reflected on his intense season with McLaren in 2007, when he was the teammate of then-rookie Lewis Hamilton

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Fernando Alonso has revealed that the 2007 Formula 1 season was a crucial campaign in his career, and has described Lewis Hamilton's arrival to F1 as a 'tsunami'.

Alonso joined McLaren in 2007, having just become a double World Champion with Renault. Meanwhile, Hamilton was a rookie but challenged Alonso immediately and stamped his authority by going around the outside of the Spaniard on the opening lap of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

"[2007] was a very important season for me," Alonso told Sky Sports.

"Lewis came into Formula 1 like a tsunami with all of his talent, and all of his abilities and results – immediately results. That was intense and that was also challenging for everybody.

"Looking back, and I think Lewis will think the same, we had no issues between us, no problems. We had a very tough competition, but fair.

"Honestly, I think, and probably he agrees, the team didn't handle the situation. I don't want to blame Ron [Dennis], I don't want to blame any particular name, but as a team, as a management, we were too young.

"We were too ambitious and nobody guided us in a way."

Alonso has failed to add to his two World Championships, coming close in 2007, 2010 and 2012. The 40-year-old has attempted to win the Indy 500 to complete motorsport's triple crown, and is keen to race on the oval of Indianapolis once again

"I have the ambition now to keep conquering different targets," Alonso stated.

"The Indy 500 is still a very appealing one, [the] Dakar Rally, different categories, and [I] try to be one of the most complete drivers in the world, in motorsport.

"On the personal side, to become a father one day, to have your own family. There are always things that you have to fulfil and I am in that part of my life now."

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