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Two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso has confirmed that he does not see himself above Lewis Hamilton or Max Verstappen. The 39-year-old made his first appearance in F1 for two years at last month’s Bahrain Grand Prix. Ahead of the race, Alonso declared to BBC Sport that he was looking forward to doing battle with the likes of Hamilton and Verstappen this year.
However, Alonso told GP Fans that he was not looking to compare himself to the two favourites to win this year’s Drivers’ Championship title, pointing out their shared dominance at the front of the grid as of late.
“Yeah, I probably misunderstood the first question,” he said. “I thought that the question was, ‘are you as good as in 2018 when you left the sport? Which Fernando will we find in the comeback?’ “The answer was, ‘well, I am better than 2018’, because the experiences make me a better driver. It was not compared to Lewis or Max or anyone. It is difficult to compare to anyone. They have dominated the sport for the last few years, so I never meant to say I was better than them.”