On the character of Fernando Alonso and on his way of approaching mechanics, managers and teammates within the teams in which he worked there is a wide literature. The ‘legend’ tells of a driver with whom it is difficult to relate, of a ‘team-breaker’, of someone who is always ready to point the finger at things that don’t work. Then, however, the feedback from those who actually found themselves in the uncomfortable role of box mate of the two-time Asturian world champion should also be reported. The last on this list, the French Esteban Ocon, had words to honey for the Spaniard after being helped significantly by Alonso himself to take home the success in the last GP of Hungary.
In these days, however, a former Circus pilot, the 1996 world champion, has also come to expose himself publicly in favor of the Spaniard. Damon Hill. The son of the great Graham never raced with the current Alpine standard bearer, having retired in 1999, two years before Alonso made his debut. Asked during the podcast F1 Nation-Ask Damon on which driver today would like to be alongside in his garage, Hill had no doubts. “Fernando Alonso would be right up there on my list – commented the former British champion – Esteban Ocon was singing his praises after the Hungarian Grand Prix, saying he is a great guy to work with. When he was much younger and extremely fast and competitive it was probably a little harder to work with him. But we all live, learn and grow. The mature Fernando Alonso would be at the top of the list “.
Hill, above all, would be intrigued by one challenge on equal terms with the native of Oviedo. “My career has been enhanced by being with teammates I’ve been with – Hill added – Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell, Coulthard and Villeneuve. You want to measure yourself against the best. You don’t want to leave without knowing [se potresti batterli]. I’ve never been Michael Schumacher’s teammate, but I raced against him on what I considered to be an equal vehicle, so I know how I measure up with Michael. Every rider wants to have a yardstick and the reference point is the best riders “.