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10:15  15 november  2019
10:15  15 november  2019 Source:   skysports.com

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Lewis Hamilton says it was 'pretty amazing ' that he got congratulatory text messages from former teammate Fernando Alonso and old McLaren boss Ron Dennis after Vettel went to see Hamilton after the race in Austin to offer his congratulations, while Alonso sent the British driver a text message .

Lewis Hamilton said he was moved to receive a message of congratulations from former rival Fernando Alonso after securing his sixth world title at the Hamilton and Alonso were again title rivals in the 2010s when the latter had moved to Ferrari, but he put their rivalry aside to congratulate

a close up of Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso wearing a hat © Getty

Lewis Hamilton has revealed he received an "amazing" congratulatory text from former rival Fernando Alonso after clinching his sixth world championship title.

Explaining how he had received 400 messages from well-wishers in the wake of his title-winning drive at the US GP, Hamilton said one from his former team-mate was particularly special.

"I got a text from Fernando which was really amazing," said Hamilton at the Brazilian GP.

"I was really grateful for that because obviously we've gone through a whirlwind of experiences together over the years.

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"But in all honesty, I've always had respect for what he's achieved and his ability. Also seeing his growth through his period of time at McLaren."

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Lewis Hamilton says he is grateful for a “pretty amazing ” congratulatory message from Fernando Alonso after clinching his sixth Formula 1 world championship. Ahead of this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix, the Briton revealed that double world champion Alonso had sent him a text message .

Lewis Hamilton has revealed he received an " amazing " congratulatory text from former rival Fernando Alonso after clinching his sixth world championship title. Explaining how he had received 400 messages from well-wishers in the wake of his title-winning drive at the US GP, Hamilton said one

Alonso, then the reigning two-time world champion, was Hamilton's first team-mate in F1 at McLaren in 2007, but the season proved infamous for the explosive nature of the partnership between the sport's established and rising star as they battled for a drivers' title they both ultimately missed out on.

Although never effectively in direct combat for a championship thereafter, Hamilton and Alonso remained front-running rivals when the latter was at Ferrari and developed a strong mutual respect. The Briton described Alonso as one of F1's best-ever drivers when the Spaniard stepped away from the sport at the end of 2018.

A similar relationship has developed with Sebastian Vettel, who sought out Hamilton before the podium in Austin to offer his congratulations.

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Lewis Hamilton has revealed that Fernando Alonso sent him a message of congratulations after he won his sixth world title. The former McLaren team-mates had a difficult relationship during their season together in 2007, which now seems to be forgotten. The Brit won his sixth world title at United States

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"Recognition is not something that drives me but it is an honour when you have other drivers, particularly with Seb, that you respect so much for their ability," said Hamilton.

"Over the years you have commented on their ability and you've got belief in their ability and you then build a rapport that's constantly growing. And for them to take a moment and come and show that bit of respect is amazing. Each of us know how hard it is to do what we do.

"Each of us 20 drivers particularly know how hard it is to do what we do and only a few of us truly know how hard it is to win on a consistent basis, year on year, and Seb is one of those. So it's really awesome."

After sealing the title in Austin, Hamilton revealed to Sky Sports F1 that he had received a text message from Ron Dennis - the legendary former team boss who supported his rise through the junior ranks and then brought him into F1 at McLaren.

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Ainsworth's unique team-building style. "We've been to the Somme and the battlegrounds, we went to Shrivenham Defence Academy. We don't usually just do the paintballing or the go-karting, there is always a message . We had a guy come in to talk to us about the standards the All Blacks uphold

Alonso share helmet with D. Ricciardo and then goes to Mercedes home to congratulate L. Hamilton and his family. True gentlemen.

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"Seeing Ron's text really touched me inside," explained Hamilton when asked about the message by Sky F1's David Croft.

"I met him when I was 10 years old and he saw something in me that no one else did, except for my dad. He gave me an opportunity to showcase my abilities and to learn and to grow.

"Without him I most likely wouldn't have made it to Formula 1, I would have fallen away due to lack of finances. I would have been leapfrogged by a bunch of individuals who had more money to back them. So I'm forever grateful to Ron and always have love for Ron.

"He said how proud he was and I hope that he can share and feel that he's just as much a part of this as anyone."

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