Alonso says Schumacher still the benchmark
29 December, 2011
Dec.29 (PVM) Michael Schumacher is still held in high esteem by one of the best Formula 1 drivers of the current generation, despite the seven times world champion’s lacklustre return to F1, Fernando Alonso still regards him as the sport’s benchmark.
When asked, by TotalRace, which F1 driver he would most like to challenge in any form of race, Alonso did not hesitate in his response, “I would choose Michael Schumacher, who will always be a champion for all of us, because we respect a a driver who was seven times world champion. He is a driver who has nothing more to prove and was always very fast.”
Even though 42 year old Schumacher has not yet scored a podium finish since returning to F1 in 2010, Alonso believes that the Mercedes GP car has done little to help the German in his comeback.
“We know that in Formula 1, the car is the most important part and we know that Mercedes did not have a very good year. But I believe that if they have a competitive car, capable of winning races, both [Nico] Rosberg and Michael can be favorites. We have to respect them,” said Alonso.