Despite the fact that Lewis Hamilton and the rest of the Formula 1 grid is looking up at Sebastian Vettel, already leading the drivers championship, the McLaren driver still has a different “nemesis” in his mind: Fernando Alonso.
“I will always think that my nemesis and my closest rival will always be Fernando,” said Hamilton, according to the UK’s Guardian. “Just because of my history, when I started out. I see him as my Prost, if we were [Alain] Prost and [Aryton] Senna. If you were to say ‘choose a driver’ [that I would like to be] I would clearly choose Ayrton. And maybe I would put him as Prost.”
Don’t start typing your angry response or fervent defense just yet. Asked whether, given the past year and one race, Vettel isn’t his real rival at this point, Hamilton said: “I don’t think so. If he continues to have a car like he does now then, maybe, but I think when we get equal pace then we will see some serious racing. Maybe he [Vettel] is the new Mansell? Not that I would rate him like I do Mansell.”
I’m starting to like this LewHam 2011.
Hamilton also says he’s enthusiastic heading into Malaysia, where the big downforce of the track still ought to favor the Red Bulls. (And who am I to doubt Hamilton and McLaren?)
But, the question must be asked: Hamilton=Senna, Alonso=Prost and Vettel=Mansell? Do you like the comparisons?