When asked if he was as good as Hamilton, Vettel and Verstappen, the Spaniard said “No, I’m better”
By Yuri Coghe
Fernando Alonso’s two-year absence from the F1 grid doesn’t seem to have affected his self-confidence.
The headline-machine two-time world champion got himself another powerful quote in a Wednesday interview with BBC.
When asked if he was as good as the likes of Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen, the Spaniard said “No, I’m better”.
The question was a follow-up to Alonso’s impressions on the current grid. “There were some young talented guys who have been showing great performance in the younger categories, and then we still have the champions, that were here two years ago with Lewis (Hamilton), Sebastian (Vettel), Kimi (Räikkönen)”, said the 39-year-old driver.
Hamilton, Vettel and Raikkonen, who have won 12 driver’s championships altogether, are the other world champions competing in the 2021 season other than Alonso.
About Verstappen, Alonso said “even if he is one of the young ones (…), he is racing at the top level for already four or five years. We have a competitive grid and it’s going to be a challenge to beat everyone on track.”
Confident but realistic
Although still confident in his skill level despite a two-season gap since he last lined up in an F1 race at the 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Alonso has a realistic view of what he can achieve with Alpine in 2021.
“We understand that this year it’s not going to be possible because the regulations are a little bit different but basically the same as previous years, so I don’t see any miracles happening there. But in 2022 there’s a chance with the new regulation mixing a little bit the order of the grid and we want to be one of those teams that surprise everybody and to do that we need to work hard this year,” he said.