Fernando Alonso feels ‘bad guy’ similarity with Max Verstappen in Lewis Hamilton battle

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Fernando Alonso feels there are plenty of similarities between himself and Max Verstappen in regards to fighting for an F1 title against Lewis Hamilton. Alonso picked up two consecutive world championships during his time at Renault in 2005 and 2006.

After not being offered a contract by Renault, he made the switch to McLaren where he teamed up with Hamilton, who was competing in his debut campaign.

The young Brit caught everybody by surprise with his raw pace and dogged approach, beating the reigning two-time champion in his first campaign.

There were reports throughout the season of unrest between Alonso and Hamilton in the garage as tensions also flared on track.

That partnership ended unceremoniously after just one year, but Alonso continued to battle with Hamilton on track.

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The Spaniard has been unable to repeat the heroics of his first stint with Renault ever since- while Hamilton has gone on to win seven world titles.

Now, it’s Verstappen going toe-to-toe with Hamilton in a tense championship battle with just three races remaining.

There have already been a number of incidents between the pair and they almost came together last time out in Brazil when Verstappen forced his rival off the track.

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Verstappen has been criticised for his rash decision making in the past, something Alonso was also on the receiving end during the early stages of his career.

The 40-year-old does see a part of himself in the young Dutchman and sympathises with him for being perceived as a “bad guy”.

“Yes, Max does remind me of myself,” Alonso told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

“We don’t come from a British background. That’s why, for example in a title fight, we have it much harder.

“Look around you in Formula 1, most of them are from England. Then as a challenger, you are automatically the bad guy.

“Do you remember what they said about Max? That he was a rebel and didn’t respect the rules. And that he always crossed the line.

“But often he didn’t, but that was just because he wasn’t British.

“I went through exactly the same thing. There are many similarities.”

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