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Fernando Alonso defended Lewis Hamilton’s choice of leaving an established team for one which is developing, reasoning that it was a part of being a Formula 1 driver.
The Briton signed a contract with Mercedes starting next season, which has won just one race since its arrival in 2010, leaving behind a consistent championship contender in McLaren although the Ferrari driver believed that there was nothing wrong in the move.
“I think it’s normal for drivers to change, as part of their career,” Alonso said. “When the rumours started, I had said I felt it was good for Lewis to move on and for McLaren, they have experienced this before, with (Alain) Prost leaving and (Ayrton) Senna, then me, now Lewis.”
Alonso and Hamilton were teammates at McLaren in 2007 before the Spaniard left following an ugly spat within the British outfit, which saw the two emerge as the fiercest but respectable rivals.
“It’s 14 years since McLaren has won a constructors’ championship, sometimes in years when they have had the best car and I’m sure Lewis wants to win,” the double world champion added.
“He did a great job with McLaren, winning races and a title and he is considered one of the best drivers. I expect him to be very competitive next year at Mercedes and a real contender for the championship,” he reckoned.