Two-time F1 world champion Fernando Alonso has showered seven-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton, with superlatives, saying what the Mercedes driver has achieved is no mean feat.
While Hamilton is now Formula 1's most statistically successful driver, several from both within and outside the paddock has claimed his success is down to his car. The Englishman's one-time adversary however has claimed the Mercedes man's success must be commended irrespective of his equipment.
"You need to value what he is doing," Alonso told Marca.
"Does he have the best car? Yes. But, with the best car you need to deliver every weekend, whether it's raining or dry of whatever. You have to perform when Red Bull have a good weekend and then also when they're at a track where they're slower.
"You can only do that if you're performing at the top level and I don't know if what he's doing is being valued enough. It seems he is in an ideal moment in terms of his driving and his role in the team and even with a bit of luck because he had some in Imola.
"I know he is appreciated, but I give him a lot of credit because Mercedes don't have the dominance of three or four years ago, when they won quite easily. Others are closer, but it doesn't seem to affect him. He always gives 100 percent, so you have to congratulate him."
Hamilton is currently battling with Red Bull's Max Verstappen for the 2021 championship. The 97 time Grand Prix winner is trying to claim an unprecedented eighth world title.