In an interview with a Dutch newspaper The telegraph Published on Saturday, Alonso discussed the value of Formula 1 titles won against drivers from other teams compared to those fought only against a teammate.
Alonso took to Twitter after the quotes started circulating to say that “all the headlines are great” and that he was “tired of constantly looking for headlines”, also suggesting that Formula 1 fans stop confronting each other on social media.
But in an apparent response to Alonso’s comments, Hamilton tweeted a photo of the two on the podium together at Indianapolis in 2007 where Lewis beat Fernando when they were teammates at McLaren, accompanied by a single emoji.
Hamilton won that race ahead of Alonso, which left him angry at McLaren amid a tense season that led to Alonso leaving at the end of the year.
Asked how he would react to Alonso’s comments and about the post, Hamilton said: “I gave it to you [my reaction]. That’s perfect.
“I don’t have much to say about that. It makes me laugh a little bit to be honest, but I’ve tried to be really respectful over the years.
“For example, when you asked me one day who was the best driver for me, I always tried to praise.
“It’s definitely interesting to see the comments that were made, but it doesn’t really matter. That’s why I kind of put my thumbs up.”
Lewis Hamilton, McLaren and Fernando Alonso McLaren
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Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff also brushed off Alonso’s comments, saying the two-time world champion was a “joke” and a “comedian”, and that he doubted Hamilton would be interested.
“It makes the headlines, and this sport is about the headlines,” Wolff said. “They’re great champions. Alonso loves to throw one. I don’t think he bothers Luis one millimeter.”
Following a response to his comments, Alonso said on Sunday when asked about Max Verstappen’s new winning record that he would “no longer speak about anyone else, because I think there are always misunderstandings”.
It wasn’t the first time some nervousness had been shown by comments made by Alonso about Hamilton this year.
After they collided on the opening lap of the Belgian Grand Prix in August, Alonso called Hamilton an “idiot” over team radio and claimed the seven-time world champion could only “start the race first”. Later he apologized for the comment.