"I'm very much an outsider,” says Lewis Hamilton. who McLaren boss Ron Dennis – the man who a ten-year-old Lewis first approached at an “When I first came into F1 I had racing, and a relationship [with pop star Nicole. Ron Dennis, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso during the Formula 1 In popular perception, Alonso's relationship with McLaren was. Ron Dennis, the man who set Lewis Hamilton on the road to Hamilton relied on Dennis's advice throughout his rise through motor racing's ranks. and Whitmarsh has long had a comfortable relationship with Hamilton.
He may have argued with teammates and bosses, as well as being embroiled in not one, but two F1 scandals — but since claiming back-to-back championships he has spent over a decade signing with top teams as they veer on dramatic downward trajectories. All the while, relatively new outfits such as Brawn, Red Bull and Mercedes have enjoyed success. How many drivers would sign up for a career like that? But nobody has a crystal ball.
A double world champion, but could and should he have won so much more?
AFP As soon as Alonso started impressing through the national karting championships in Spain, he was building a racing reputation that would stick in his later years. Alonso was a fiercely quick and determined teenager, always a few years younger than his competitors and always making the most of his amateur equipment.
Alonso was eventually persuaded and although he was combining a debut season with Campos Motorsport with karting, he won the championship in Alonso tested and shone for Minardi infinished fourth in the Formula championship a year later and had a full-time F1 seat by At that time, the Minardi rookie was the third-youngest driver in the history of the sport.
Only this time, it was in a vastly-more competitive car. It was a fantastic opportunity and a fantastic time.
And before landing his first title, Alonso also had his first big career decision to make. Before that he would win another title at Renault, but he still believed it was the right time to leave.
McLaren were very strong with Kimi Raikkonen inthey were getting better and better in every single race with Kimi and Juan Pablo Montoya in Alonso expected to be a No. Alonso feared his team were not helping him claim a third successive title, and felt let down.
It was not a problem with Lewis, it was just Ron Dennis and the high side of the team.
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He joined as a double world champion. He was the driver who had ended five years of domination by Michael Schumacher and Ferrari, and his two world titles with Renault were won the hard way. First, against Raikkonen in a faster but more fragile McLaren inand then in a man-to-man duel with Schumacher in He had established himself as a fast, tough, relentless competitor.
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Expectations unrealised McLaren announced their shock signing of Alonso in for the season, after the Spaniard had won his first world championship with Renault Alonso signed for McLaren long before they decided to promote Hamilton, who they had nurtured since he was 11 years old, as his team-mate. When they did, Alonso wondered whether employing a rookie was a good idea for a team that had aspirations of winning the constructors' championship, but he was not worried. First of all, his self-confidence assured him he would have no problem beating a driver in his rookie season.
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Equally, although there was nothing about it in his contract, Alonso believed Dennis had verbally promised him priority status in the team.
Dennis has always insisted it was not the case. Once at McLaren, Alonso soon began to question how things were working. Like, in those days, in the trucks at a test, there was nowhere the drivers could get changed privately. They just got changed at the end of the race truck, in a corner. And I think he came expecting to have a room.
But McLaren being very British was all, 'Well, we're very correct in everything we do. Which are not necessarily unreasonable, by the way. Hamilton was immediately on the pace, giving Alonso a hard time on track, and the older man did not like it. In the first race of the season in Australia, Hamilton announced his intentions by passing his team-mate around the outside of the first corner just after the start, before Alonso re-passed him in the pits to take second behind Raikkonen's Ferrari.
Alonso won next time out in Malaysia, but team harmony was already fracturing. Hamilton's performances were unsettling Alonso. Hamilton's father Anthony was arguing his son's case vehemently and consistently with Dennis and his number two Martin Whitmarsh. And Alonso was beginning to make the point to Dennis that the two drivers should not be racing each other.
The cocktail was combustible. At the third race of the season, in Bahrain, Dennis chose to have one of his 'supportive chats' with Alonso while his driver was sitting at a table outside the McLaren motorhome in full view of the paddock.
The photographers lapped it up. Dennis tried his best, but already any hope of maintaining a pretence that everything was hunky dory was gone.
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Monaco one-two sparks almighty row Alonso's second win of the season in Monaco: Hamilton had taken four consecutive podiums and was leading the championship by two points from the man who believed he was supposed to be team leader.
Ferrari drivers Raikkonen and Felipe Massa, with a win apiece, were close behind. Hamilton was quickest through practice, but it was Alonso who took pole position, and went on to dominate the race. But when the drivers got back to the pits, all hell broke loose. I seem to remember the right guy won it. Dennis said he "virtually had to decide in advance" who won the race. Hamilton did nothing to play that down when he said in the post-race news conference: I've number two on my car and I am the number two driver.
To say the least, Alonso was not happy with this interpretation of events. Why Alonso was annoyed The two McLaren drivers were closely matched in the first part of the Monaco Grand Prix Alonso had led from the start and had built an eight-second lead within 17 laps, as Hamilton suffered more badly with tyre graining - where the surface tears and causes a loss of grip.