Throughout his illustrious career in Formula 1, Fernando Alonso has had his fair share of wheel-to-wheel battles with some of the sport’s most talented drivers. From Kimi Raikkonen to Lewis Hamilton to Sebastian Vettel, Alonso has had epic duels on the track that have left a lasting impression. However, when asked to choose his greatest rival in the sport, Alonso singled out Michael Schumacher, the seven-time F1 world champion.
Alonso’s admiration for Schumacher is understandable, considering the German driver’s dominance in the early 2000s when Alonso made his debut in F1. Schumacher, driving for Ferrari at the time, won five consecutive drivers’ championships from 2000 to 2004 and was a formidable force on the track. Alonso was one of the few drivers who could challenge Schumacher’s supremacy during that period, and their battles on the track were legendary.
One of Fernando Alonso‘s most memorable achievements was denying Schumacher a world title when the Spaniard won back-to-back championships in 2005 and 2006 with Renault. At that time, Ferrari had a reputation for being unbeatable, and Alonso’s success against the Ferrari juggernaut, led by Schumacher, was seen as an incredible feat and a testament to his driving abilities.
Fast forward to the 2023 F1 season, Fernando Alonso finds himself in a competitive car with Aston Martin, a team that has shown promising performance in the early races of the season. The team’s car bears a striking resemblance to the Red Bull RB19, and it has paid dividends on the track, with Alonso achieving a hat-trick of podium finishes in the first three rounds of racing.
Alonso’s impressive performances have caught the attention of reigning world champion Max Verstappen, who believes that Aston Martin has the potential to contend for race wins this season. Verstappen, who shared the podium with Alonso after the season opener in Bahrain, expressed his hope for Alonso to achieve a race win in the near future. Verstappen praised Aston Martin’s determination to win and the team’s recruitment of top talent, and he believes that the team’s prospects can only improve.
Alonso’s last race win came in 2013 when he was driving for Ferrari, and breaking that dry spell with Aston Martin would be a significant milestone in his career. With a competitive car and the determination to succeed, Alonso is poised to make his mark in the 2023 F1 season and potentially add to his legacy as one of the sport’s greatest drivers.
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He revealed the rivalry during an interview with Aston Martin’s sponsors Bang & Olufsen, the 41-year-old Spanish driver reflected on his career and the fierce competition he has faced in Formula 1. When asked to pick his biggest rival, Alonso responded, “It is difficult to choose one because they were all great rivals and very talented drivers as well. When I came to this sport, Michael Schumacher was dominating the races and everything, probably that fight with him would still be the one I would choose. Fighting against Michael was very special, so I would say that.”