Alonso: I'm one of F1's all-time greats

Saturday, 09 juny 2018, 04:35 , by Matthew Scott

Fernando Alonso says he should be regarded as one of the greatest Formula 1 drivers of all time. Alonso is entering his 300th grand prix in Canada this weekend, making him just the fourth driver, after Michael Schumacher, Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button to move past that milestone.

Although a switch to McLaren in 2015 has dropped Alonso out of the fight at the front, he remains one of F1's great achievers.

After bursting onto the scene with Renault, Alonso was the youngest race-winner, world champion and double champion - Sebastian Vettel has since taken those records from him, with Max Verstappen then lowering the race-winning record further.

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Although he has gone five years without a race win in F1, Alonso still believes he compares favourably against the legends of the sport.

"I think l am one of the best drivers to have ever raced in F1 but probably not the best," Alonso told Sky Sports.

"There are drivers who are better than me in different areas of the weekend. I am probably not the fastest driver in qualifying, or the fastest in the race, or the fastest in wet conditions.

"But I am 9.5 in all areas and l try to benefit from that."

His fall out of the fight for race wins and titles in F1 has prompted Alonso to target the 'Triple Crown' instead.

Only Graham Hill has won all three of Monaco Grand Prix, Le Mans 24 Hours and Indianapolis 500. Two-time Monaco winner Alonso is favourite for next week's Le Mans with Toyota and has been linked with a switch to IndyCar in order to potentially complete the set.

"The Triple Crown is an attractive target because it is so difficult to achieve," he said.

"These are the three biggest races in the world of motorsport: the Indy 500, Monaco and Le Mans. It is challenging because all three require different style and a different driving technique.

"If you challenge yourself and try to be the best in all areas, you have to be a complete driver.

"I don't want to just be a good driver, I want to be a complete driver and hopefully the best driver in the world."

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Comments (46)

  • Fabian Matias Rossi
    -Fangio: wins 47%, poles 57%, fast laps 45%, podiums 68%. -Schumacher: wins 30%, poles 22%, fast laps 25%, podiums 50% -Prost: wins 25%, poles 16%, fast laps 22%, podiums 52%. -Senna: wins 25%, poles 40%, fast laps 11%, podiums 49%. - ¿¿¿Alonso?? wins 10%, poles 7%, fast laps 7%, podiums 30%... Alonso is Top50 maybe...
  • Marco Vinicio
    Alonso vs Petrov in 2010: "wai yu dident let mi passsssss" Seriously, asking a backmarker guy to let you pass is far from being "one of the best".
  • Márcio Dias
    One of the 10 best! Senna Clark Fangio Schumacher Prost Lauda Stewart Ascari Moss Alonso Mansell, Hamilton, Piquet, Fittipaldi and Paterson make the best 15.
  • Louise Thompson
    How we looking only at multiple champions what about the great drivers that never won a championship I can think of a few
  • Wil Pagano
    Alonso would be like Berger in the 80's/90's... second driver in teams with Senna, Piquet, Mansell, Prost...
  • Jonathan Carre
    Not many other drivers can wring results out of underperforming cars like he does.
  • John Gaskell
    Yes. He’s the best driver on the grid, and has been since 2004
  • Emil Pehlivanov
    Nando is among the all time greatest waste of tallent
  • Vincenzo Mascia
    Top 5 lol hahahahahahaha really please
  • Manuel Salgado Palacios
    Top 20 sure, top 10 maybe, but top 5 no.
  • Joaquin Carreño Gutierrez
    If Alonso would race in Merc he can get the GP
  • Adnan Curtovic
    By talent absolutely, but by way
  • Shilpesh Vijay Waingankar
    top 5 is exaggerated.... top 15 is ok for u....
  • Sebastian Le Kidis
    Definitely the best of his era..
  • Steve Ellingson
    Not once did he state that he falls in the top 5.
  • Adriana Arcaraz Alarcon
    El siempre sera el mejor y por mucho
  • Floros Ioannou
  • Jody Harrison
    He is one of the best known names of F1.
  • Johan Bergström
    If we belive Alonso... And why would we not?
  • Giuseppe Ranieri
    Alonso is forse sure in top 3 of arrogant drivers

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