Lewis Hamilton has hit back at Fernando Alonso after the Spaniard suggested that Max Verstappen's F1 world titles are worth more than the seven-time world champion's.
Alonso made the comments regarding the competition for Hamilton, believing that Verstappen's titles carry more value due to him facing more competition than just his teammate.
The Spaniard tried to calm the mood with a tweet, claiming that he is "tired of the continuous search for headlines" and that "All the titles are amazing, well deserved and inspiring."
Hamilton: 'I had to giggle a bit' after reading Alonso's comparison
Hamilton responded on social media with a simple 'thumbs up' emoji and a photo with Alonso showing the pair on the podium, from when they were teammates at McLaren during his debut season in 2007 at the US Grand Prix.
He later elaborated on his comments, saying that he had to "giggle a bit" and that they were "quite interesting" to see.
"I've actually already given you my reaction. A thumbs up. That's it. I don't really have more to say about it," Hamilton told media, including RacingNews365.com.
"To be honest I have to giggle a bit, but I myself have tried over the years to be very respectful.
"If you ever ask me who is the better driver, I always try to praise the other.
"The comments Alonso has made are quite interesting to see, but it doesn't matter. That's why I reacted with a thumbs up."
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Wolff: It's all 'teasing and comedy'
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff brushed off the comments made by Alonso, claiming that they are unlikely to affect Hamilton and how it is all part of Formula 1.
"He teases, it's comedy. It makes headlines and that's what the sport is all about," Wolff told media.
"They're both great champions and Alonso likes to throw one in. That's okay. I don't think it's bothering Lewis."
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