Verizon IndyCar Series veteran Tony Kanaan has hit back at Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team’s Lewis Hamilton following the triple Formula One world champion comments about the Indianapolis 500.

While the motorsport world sang Alonso’s praises for his performance at the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 where he qualified in fifth place in the 33 car field and ran up front leading 27 laps before he was forced to retire following an engine failure with his Honda power unit.

However Hamilton was less than impressed and was critical of the Indianapolis 500, telling L’Equipe:

I took a look at the qualifying results. Fernando, in his first qualifying, came fifth. Does that say something about (the level) of Indy Car? Great drivers, if they can’t succeed in Formula One, look for titles in other races, but to see him come fifth against drivers who do this all year round is…interesting.

Speaking to Brazil’s Globo, Kanaan stated:

What can I say? (Hamilton) competed in a two-car world championship last year and was second, so I don’t think he can say much. It was a pleasure to have Fernando here. He is humble, not like some of his colleagues who were making comments this month.

While Alonso gets ready to head to Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix, there is no rest for his Verizon IndyCar Series colleagues head straight back on track with the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear double header.

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