Alonso: Schumacher to be toughest 2011 rival
13 January, 2011
Jan.13 (PVM) Fernando Alonso believes that Michael Schumacher will find the pace that eluded him in his comeback season last year and will be the Spaniard’s biggest threat for the 2011 Formula 1 world championship crown.
Alonso, who took centre stage at Madonna di Campiglio Wrooom media event, caught the media hordes by surprise when he stated, “There will be five world champions on the track and the most dangerous champion for me is always Michael. Now in January if I have to choose one name I have to say Michael. He is seven-times champion. He has nothing to prove. He had a difficult season but he is still a champion. He is still super class and if the car is right he will be a contender.”
The two times world champion, who finished second in the title race in his first year in the employ of the Maranello squad, also rates reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel as a force for 2011.
He said, “No doubt Sebastian will be a contender. He will have experience and will be calm in certain moments. He will drive better than last year and that makes him dangerous to us. McLaren will also be one of the favourites.”
But added, “Hopefully our car is better than the others and my toughest rival next year is Felipe.”
Commenting on the extended 20 race clanedar for this season Alonso said, “I like 20 races, I like racing, competing so to have more races is welcome,” he smiled. “But I also like testing so I’d like 20 races and more testing. It’s not easy and it’s unfair for new drivers that they cannot test more.”