Alonso, who won two titles in 2005 and 2006 and is now one of the most senior drivers on the grid, said: “We are definitely in a good moment for the sport, with the new generation.
“They have the talent, the preparation, the academies that help them throughout the different categories, they have the tools the simulator and very sophisticated engineers and tools when they get to Formula 1.”
Norris stepped straight into a front-line team with McLaren, while Leclerc cut his teeth at Sauber before being promoted to Ferrari and Williams driver Russell has been on the Mercedes driver programme with a view to joining the champions in future.
Alonso is concerned, however, that modern-day F1 puts too much emphasis on the cars and, while all have exceptional talent, they are at the front, middle and rear of the grid because of their cars.
“We see with Lando, for example, or George, they are both young and talented, both fighting for podiums and one didn’t score any points yet and that is a little bit unfair when the car is so dominant,” said Alonso.
“Even with Charles, in a way, when you saw when the Ferrari was winning Charles was on top of maybe that generation and now the car is not in that position, so it is quite related to the car and it was in the past as well.”
What do you think?
Car differences are addressed in the lower formulae where standard parts are mandated. F1 needs top engineers and designers to showcase their talents in as unfettered a way as possible. For me, even cost caps are not the way forward, since finding the money is important. However, entertainment is the name of the game and standard is what Brawn wants.
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