Fernando Alonso was “undoubtedly” the best driver of the 2012 season, according to fellow Spaniard and Ferrari test driver Marc Gene.
“The ease with which Vettel has won his titles is abnormal,” the former Minardi driver is quoted by EFE news agency. “For me the best driver this year was undoubtedly Fernando, getting thirteen out of twenty podiums.”
In contrast, Red Bull’s German Vettel – who beat his Spanish adversary to the championship by 3 points – was on the podium after 10 of this year’s 20 races.
Ferrari have confirmed that they will be retaining the services of both test drivers Marc Gene and Luca Badoer for another season.
Badoer, who holds the dubious honour of being the driver who has competed in the most number of Formula One races (48) without scoring a single point, has been with the Ferrari team since 1997.
Gene has been with Ferrari since 2004 as a test driver having spend the previous few seasons as a Williams test driver. A limit on the F1 testing has limited the amount of testing he can do and he now also races for Peugeot in some of their Le Mans efforts.