Alonso rates his rivals

By on Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Alonso finished 2nd behind Vettel last year

Double world champion Fernando Alonso has commented on the ability of his rivals.

When asked by Spanish media, AS, Alonso gave his opinions on what he felt about his rivals.

On world champion Vettel, Alonso answered: “Very fast and precise. If he is coming first in a race, he is difficult to stop.”

In the other Red Bull, Mark Webber is “experienced, calm and very consistent. It is very rare to see him fail.”

2009 world champion Jenson Button “has a great instinct for difficult races in rain or with the safety car. This is an unique talent,” Alonso added.

Michael Schumacher may have struggled in 2010, but Alonso reckons “he is the champion, we all respect him and he is a driver always capable of surprising”.

Of his own team mate, Felipe Massa, Alonso commented “[Felipe is] very quick, knows the team and is very hungry to win”.

However, perhaps surprisingly, Alonso kept the highest praise for his ex-team mate Lewis Hamilton.

"He is a great driver and maybe the fastest at the moment in formula one,” he said.

Alonso also hit back at his critics, claiming it's far easier to be negative rather than positive.

“There are more than 30,000 people here,” he marvelled at last week’s Jerez test. “The people who speak badly about me then tremble and cry when they want to have their picture taken with me.

“There is a difference between how brave people feel writing on the internet, and when I see the admiration I receive all around the world,” added Alonso.

“I also think it’s easier to write that there are so many people who are anti-Alonso than to write that 30,000 people came to a test to see me,” he said.

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