Fernando Alonso believes Lewis Hamilton has “weak points” in Formula 1 – but nobody is getting close to potentially exploiting them.
Hamilton strolled to a sixth World Championship title in 2019 and is clear favourite to win a seventh piece of silverware in 2020, which would put him level with the legendary Michael Schumacher.
Watching from the outside looking in, Hamilton’s former team-mate, Alonso, feels there are chinks in Hamilton’s armour.
“He’s made a step forward,” Alonso told F1 Racing magazine.
“He is more competitive, more prepared.
“He still has some weak points that have not been stressed yet. No-one is pressing that button, that weakness.”
Alonso elaborated on Hamilton being able to raise his level, saying that even when he is not winning, the Brit is never miles behind.
“He’s raised the level the last couple of years, especially in 2019 when the car has not been as dominant as other seasons,” Alonso added.
“If he cannot win, he’s a very close second. Not 20 seconds further back, which is what happens a little bit with Valtteri.
“A weekend when the car is not as competitive, Bottas is fifth or sixth or a minute behind, but Lewis is not.
“If you study Lewis’ season, there is always a common trend. He starts the year slowly and no-one takes the benefit of that.
“We all get excited that it will be the year of Bottas, but it’s not.”
Referring back to Hamilton’s ‘weak points’, Alonso said he would like to see if he can be one to expose those weaknesses, if they do indeed exist.
He said: “It would be nice to compete against him in a proper fight. Maybe his weak points are not real and everything is calculated but it would be nice to discover.
“When you have a good package and the other guys crash and you extend your championship lead, everything seems calm.
“If you are only one point behind or 10 points behind, the stress is different. The mistakes are different and your radio communications are different. We need to see him when the pressure is on.”