Alonso: I would bet on Vettel winning the title
3 September, 2011
Sep.3 (PVM) Despite only being 30 years old, Fernando Alonso is widely regarded as the elder statesman of Formula 1 and one of the most respected driver of his era, thus his opinions widely sought and often headline grabbing.
In an interview with AutoBild, where he was required to give spontaneous response to keywords fired at him, the Spaniard was in top form with his answers. Here are answers to some of the juiciest questions:
Alonso on Ferrari:
“To me, a dream come true to be able to drive for this team, the tradition and history are unique, if you’re have not driven for Ferrari, your career is not complete.
On the 2011 World Championship
We have a big deficit, no realistic chance. So I think only race by race, but not to the overall championship standings. I would bet my money on Vettel anyway.
On Red Bull Racing
They have interpreted the rules better than us, built a great car. Of course, Adrian Newey, the key person, but behind him he has a strong design team.
On Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian is a great champion, who is about to win his second title. He has great talent and ability to withstand pressure. The criticism of him, not being a racer, I do not understand.
On Michael Schumacher
For me he is and remains the best driver of F1 history and for that he deserves all respect.
On Nico Rosberg
He now has enough experience to fight for the title. Sooner or later he will be world champion. “
On Felipe Massa
He’s definitely one of the greatest teammates I ever had. We are very close, usually it is only a tenth of a second. We work together very well, although we have a completely different driving style. I attacked the corners very aggressively, while he drives a lot smoother.
On Abu Dhabi 2010
It’s very frustrating when a big goal slips out of your hands. We have too much on Mark Webber and gave too little attention to Sebastian Vettel. When Webber came into the pits, we followed him to the front and Seb must have laughed. Webber and I were stuck in traffic, he remained long with old tires out there, won the race and the championship.
On Vitaly Petrov
I’m not mad at him, but his behavior [Abu Dhabi 2010] was not particularly intelligent. It was not so much that it was a decisive race for me, but that he fought so aggressively.
On the third world title
It’s very important for me, I will not stop until I am world champion with Ferrari. If by 2016 [end of Alonso's current contract with the Maranello team] I have not achieved this (laughs) Then I’ll stay just like Michael 20 years until 2021!