LEWIS HAMILTON has brilliantly trolled Fernando Alonso on Twitter after the Spaniard's comments regarding his world championship wins.
Alonso, 42, claimed this week that Max Verstappen's two titles are worth more than Hamilton's SEVEN.
The Spaniard, who famously clashed with Lewis as his team-mate with McLaren, said: "I have a lot of respect for Lewis, but still it is different when you win seven world titles when you only had to fight with your team-mate.
"Then I think a championship has less value than when you have fewer titles but have had to fight against other drivers with equal or even better material."
Hamilton posted a picture in response to these comments – featuringhimself in his McLaren days atop a podium, putting his hand on Alonso's shoulder beneath him.
He simply accompanied the post with a thumbs up emoji.
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After his comments caused a social media storm, Alonso backtracked to calm the situation.
He wrote on Twitter: "And again…
"Please, all the titles are amazing, well deserved and inspiring.
"Incomparable to each other and let’s enjoy champions and legends of our current time.
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"Tired of the continuous search for headlines. Let's enjoy them."
Alonso lost to then-team-mate Hamilton during Lewis' rookie season in 2007, before seeing the Brit win the world championship the following year.
The veteran won his two championships in 2005 and 2006, prior to Hamilton's arrival in the sport.
He announced earlier this year that he will be leaving Alpine, with whom he is currently behind team-mate Esteban Ocon, for Aston Martin next year.
Verstappen has also been speaking about Hamilton this week.
In an interview with the Mail, the reigning world champion said: "People have told me that he doesn’t use my name.
"I was always taught that you have to respect what people have achieved in sport.
"I have no problem with what Lewis has achieved. He is one of the best ever.
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"I know it is not only the car he has been driving. That helps. We all know that, but you still have to beat your team-mate and Lewis has done that consistently.
"I think you have to acknowledge the person has done an amazing job as well."
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