Fernando Alonso has raced in Formula One against all the great champions of the last 20 years. For the Spaniard, who himself became World Champion twice, it is clear: Record World Champion Michael Schumacher is and remains the best driver of all time.
The list of Formula One champions that have measured themselves in his long career with Fernando Alonso, Like the best of the top riders of the last decades in the royal class: Jacques Villeneuve, Mika Hakkinen, Jenson Button, Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Vrikkunen, Nico Rosberg and just Michael Schumacher.
The 37-year-old dueled with everyone on the track, has risen to the top of the F1 circus in accordance with his WM titles 2005 and 2006. Despite the continued dominance of Lewis Hamilton for years and the previous four-year reign of Sebastian Vettel, Alonso stated that “He [Michael Schumacher, Anm. d. Red.] was and remains the greatest.”
Alonso had his own relationship with the seven-time world champion.” When I came to formula 1, he was my role model. My two World Cup titles 2005 and 2006 have special value, because I won them in a direct duel against him.”
Especially in the year 2006, the then Renault star Alonso with the old champion gave himself a gripping duel for the WM crown, both pilots won seven races this season, A Schumacher engine damage in the second-last race in Suzuka brought the preliminary decision.
“On a good day he was simply unbeatable”
Alonso had not met a second opponent at such a high level in his career: “Fighting him was therefore so hard, because on a good day with a good car he was simply unbeatable. And on a bad day with a bad car he was still good.”
The Spaniard himself has been driving the music in formula 1 for years afterwards. The last Grand Prix victory was more than five years ago, the last four years at McLaren ended with great disappointment for Alonso. In addition to fifth place for the start in Australia, the Spanish folk hero did not come out again this year.
Alonso contests the 312nd and last race of his Formula One career at the end of the season in Abu Dhabi.