Six world titles in two and two of these contended head to head until the last race of the season. Today the great rivalry of Formula 1 is that between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, but a decade ago the great dualism that inflamed the Circus was that between Fernando Alonso And Sebastian Vettel. The two great rivals, currently mid-pack competitors for Alpine and Aston Martin respectively, met side by side in the press conference for the presentation of the Hungarian GP. In front of the journalists, the show was not lacking, favored by the fact that today was the day of the 40th birthday of the Spaniard.
Happy Birthday, Fernando! From Seb 😋🥳 pic.twitter.com/FoX4Sp8q9j
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Vettel did not miss this opportunity and ironically celebrated the ancient opponent with lots of trumpet and confetti, unleashing the hilarity of all present. The German former Ferrari and Red Bull, however, then spoke very serious words about the two-time world champion, recognizing him as an extraordinary talent. “The first race Fernando returned to this year, we had a few wheels to wheel and I was smiling inside the cockpit – said Vettel – because I couldn’t wait to have more this year and I think we have had some “.
“I always like it [gareggiare] with Fernando – added the four-time world champion – he won here in 2003 and I was in front of the TV and I remember when he won. I think his talent is beyond doubt, his track prowess is one of the greatest the sport has but seen and he did something that I thought was impossible to do, which was beat Michael [Schumacher]. When I was growing up Michael was number one and he was impossible to beat. And Fernando started beating him. That is a great result. He has had such a long career, with so many different cars, so I consider it a pleasure to race alongside him and challenge him on the track “.