The reports about Fernando Alonso’s remarks in relation to Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel should be taken with a pinch of salt. These were reported in a German publication. They were then parroted around the world by those with no idea about what is right or wrong. The reports say that Alonso said: “Lewis is very fast, aggressive and totally focused, he is only interested in victory. Sebastian has not reached that level yet. I know he’s the double World Champion, but he is still somewhat behind the level Lewis has set.”
The actual quote comes from a book produced by photographer Ercole Colombo for Philip Morris, for the Wrooom event. It was as follows:
“I consider Hamilton to to be a very quick driver, aggressive and totally focussed. All he’s interested in is winning. Nothing else. A really talented driver. In my opinion Sebastian hasn’t quite got to that level year. I know that he is a World Champion and that he’ll win another Championship in 2011, but that is the way it is. For me he’s just slightly below Lewis’s standard.”
The reference to what Vettel may achieve in 2011 is a bit of a give away – isn’t it?
Odd that it was left out…