Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen slammed by F1 rival as he says 'they haven't built anything' | The Sun

FERNANDO ALONSO has slammed Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen as they "haven't built anything".

The Spaniard has suggested that the two F1 stars have benefitted from being on the strongest teams during their careers.

Alonso, 42, is currently at Aston Martin and has helped the team to fourth place in the constructors' standings.

He is currently third after picking up seven podium finishes this season.

Hamilton and Verstappen's teams Mercedes and Red Bull Racing are currently second and first in the constructors' table.

Verstappen is miles ahead in the drivers' standings, having won 14 races, while Hamilton is still considered one of the best drivers on the grid after his illustrious career.


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However, Alonso has claimed that the duo are benefitting from their teams and that when Hamilton joined Mercedes in 2013, the team improved due to a change in regulations.

He told Marca: "When Hamilton went to Mercedes [2013 season], he didn't build anything to be champion.

"It was only a change in regulations [hybrid engines] that changed everything on the grid and boosted Mercedes.

"I think the same with Max [Verstappen], when he joined Toro Rosso and Red Bull, Hamilton continued to win everything.

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"Red Bull is not a winning team thanks to him, simply another regulation change in 2021 has caused them to now win all the races."

Alonso has argued that he does not understand when drivers say they have "built" teams.

He believes that more of the success comes from behind-the-scenes factors rather than the drivers.

He added: "When we say that we can 'build' teams around us, I don't understand it.

"It is a sport in which technical decisions, regulations or the inspiration of the design office make more of a difference than your input, your comments, your personality or your way of driving."

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