Alonso being hailed as best of current generation of F1 drivers
8 July, 2012
Jul.8 (GMM) As he consolidates his 2012 F1 world championship lead at the wheel of a still-inferior Ferrari F2012, Fernando Alonso is being hailed almost universally within the paddock.
Totally outclassed in Australia, he still finished fifth, he is the only driver to have won more than one grand prix so far, and Alonso has never been outside of the points at the fall of the chequered flag.
The result is a 20-point lead as the mid-season point nears, and on Sunday he will start a race from pole position for the first time in two years.
Legendary F1 TV commentator Murray Walker said after Silverstone qualifying, “People query whether Fernando Alonso is best driver in F1. I don’t query it, I think he is and he has proven it once again. This car has come good brilliantly in the hands of Alonso.”
“Alonso does more things right than any other driver in the field,” former Williams co-owner Patrick Head, on a rare visit to the paddock on Saturday, told Auto Motor und Sport.
The praise is just as shining from another rival team – Mercedes.
“He wins races he shouldn’t win, races that he’s got no right to win. And that’s the mark of a great driver,” the Mercedes team boss told the Guardian. “He’s not had a great car this year but he’s on top of the championship. He has managed to get there because of what he is, the driver he is.”
The praise doesn’t stop there. Even Red Bull’s Christian Horner had to admit that – despite Sebastian Vettel’s utter dominance in Valencia two weeks ago – the Spaniard is the “obvious” threat.
It’s a similar tune even among Alonso’s on-track rivals.
Caterham’s Heikki Kovalainen said: “Whatever the track, whatever the conditions, there is always one common denominator – Fernando is always near the front.”
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