Fernando Alonso, the former teammate of Lewis Hamilton at McLaren Mercedes, suggested yesterday that the British driver should have expected the abuse he was subjected to at a Formula One test session in Spain three weeks ago.
In an interview with Cadena Ser, the Spanish radio station, during this week’s testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, the Spaniard said he believed that the anger directed at Hamilton was triggered by the Briton’s comments that last season Alonso had shown him “just how not to behave as a world champion”.
As for the driving, the most important bit Hamilton was the fastest driver of the day on Monday, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, the world champion from Ferrari, and was again quickest yesterday, ahead of Kovalainen in second and Raikkonen in third.
Schumacher, who is not known for rash predictions, believes that the new car in the red garage is on the pace and ready to win. “This Ferrari can fight to win right from the first race,” the 39-year-old, who retired from race driving at the end of 2006, said. “The progress is very clear. In all areas it never changes, so why should it change now? It is not one thing you have to improve to go quicker, it is just everywhere. I feel we are ready and prepared to fight for victory.”
The F1 community and fans are now looking forward to the opening race in Melbourne Australia.