Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel on Thursday scoffed at Fernando Alonso’s claim he is not the runaway favourite for the 2012 title.
With Ferrari’s Alonso commanding a 40-point lead over his chasers with now less than half the season to go, the Spaniard insisted at Spa that his car is “clearly the slowest” compared to the Red Bull and McLaren. Read more... (204 words, estimated 49 secs reading time)
Giancarlo Fisichella has joined a growing list of F1 personalities, competitors and pundits declaring championship leader Fernando Alonso the class of the 2012 field.
Once race teammates at Renault, the pair still work together at Ferrari, where Italian and three-time grand prix winner Fisichella, 39, is a test driver. Fisichella is quoted by Spain’s El Confidencial as saying it is “incredible how he (Alonso) judges the limit of the car, the track and the tyres. Read more... (219 words, estimated 53 secs reading time)
Michael Schumacher has named Fernando Alonso the current strongest driver on the F1 grid.
Schumacher, whose run of five consecutive titles was broken in 2005 by Spaniard Alonso’s Renault breakthrough, said the 2012 championship leader is developing “even beyond himself”. Read more... (298 words, estimated 1:12 mins reading time)
Aug.23 (GMM) Former F1 driver Martin Brundle has hailed Fernando Alonso as his “hero” of the 2012 season so far.
But the veteran of 158 grands prix, who for the past 15 years has been a commentator for British television, is not so rude as to describe Michael Schumacher as the contrasting “zero”. Read more... (164 words, estimated 39 secs reading time)
Fernando Alonso has singled out Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel as probably his toughest challengers for the 2012 title. Read more... (293 words, estimated 1:10 mins reading time)
Fernando Alonso was happy and yet concerned after Sunday’s Hungarian grand prix.
A week after winning at Hockenheim, the Spaniard actually extended his 34 point lead in the championship to 40 points in Hungary, despite finishing just fifth. But the Ferrari driver confided to Spain’s AS newspaper: “Actually we should have finished seventh.” Read more... (149 words, estimated 36 secs reading time)
When asked to compare Fernando Alonso with Michael Schumacher, Hirohide Hamashima insisted the great pair of drivers are “so very similar”.
The Japanese, previously Bridgestone’s technical chief and now working with Ferrari on “tyre issues”, is uniquely placed, having worked closely with both Schumacher and, now, Spaniard Alonso. Read more... (169 words, estimated 41 secs reading time)
McLaren’s drivers have admitted the urgency of eating back into Fernando Alonso’s increasingly big championship lead.
After ten races – or half of the 2012 schedule – the Ferrari driver is leading his Red Bull rivals by at least 34 points. Even Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen has more points than McLaren’s highest-ranked driver, Lewis Hamilton, while Jenson Button is a huge 86 points behind. Read more... (315 words, estimated 1:16 mins reading time)
After a marathon first half of the 2012 season, F1′s tired paddock residents are looking forward to a rare five-week break between the end of Sunday’s Hungarian grand prix and the resumption of action in September. Read more... (320 words, estimated 1:17 mins reading time)
A swathe of world champions have backed Fernando Alonso to collect his third drivers’ title in 2012.
Writing in Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport, veteran correspondent Pino Allievi referred to the Spaniard, runaway championship leader and Hockenheim winner as “a perfect driver”. He said the Ferrari driver has also “sparked the imagination” of his fellow champions, including legends Niki Lauda, Alain Prost, Sir Jackie Stewart, Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve. Read more... (241 words, estimated 58 secs reading time)