Kushal Msc-3 wrote:
How does it matter how much or if at all Alonso admires Hamilton or not? It doesn't matter if Hamilton considers Alonso better than Vettel! It doesn't win you world championships. Adrian Newey is someone Alonso was fighting for the title because of his choices. It was his choice to move to Ferrari. The point very simply remains that best car or bad car, Newey or not, Vettel @ 25 is a more successful driver than the two. That's it.
How much should one value Alonso's and Hamilton's opinion is personal discretion. For my sake, I care less what Alonso says.
In 2006', winning a WDC was winning one in a non Ferrari. Today, it's all about that.
In 2007', Massa deserved the title more than Hamilton in his words. Today, Hamilton is Christ.
Such people in my book are a laughing stock when they open their mouth.
Your first paragraph is the crux of the matter IMO. And it seems that almost everyone here is missing it. Whether genuine, sincere, political or fallacious, in the end, whatever Alonso, Hamilton, Vettel, Marko or anyone else says is nothing but personal opinion. The only real value it has is what we arbitrarily assign in our own personal opinions later. (Btw by the same logic, our own personal opinions have no real value except for what others assign them in their own personal opinion and so ad infinitum.)
I honestly believe that most of the problems in this forum stem from people failing to realize this and believing that such opinions hold a universal value and will therefore be used as facts. And this is the true logical fallacy: personal opinions, even those of Alonso or Hamilton or anyone else are not facts and are not absolute truths.
So in the end, what does it really matter that Alonso thinks Hamilton is the best driver to compete against him?
And while on this subject, what’s the exact meaning and definition of “THE BEST DRIVER”?
Personally I find these comments hilarious and I’m surprised the respective teams aren’t trying to put an end to them. “The two best drivers” were beaten by Kimi in 2007, barely beat Massa in 2008 and haven’t won anything since even though they’ve been driving for “the two best teams”. What does that say about Ferrari and McLaren when compared to RedBull? It’s four years running now that Red Bull has them both beat despite having worse drivers.