The Fernando Alonso’s extraordinary start to the season and of all Aston Martin, with two third places collected by the Spanish driver in the first two races behind the dominant Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez, brought the two-time world champion back to center stage in Formula 1. A 41 years old, almost 42, the former McLaren, Ferrari and Renault driver is experiencing a second youth, finally taking away those sporting satisfactions that for so many years have been denied him due to the uninspiring performances of the teams for which he found himself racing. Indeed Alonso is unanimously recognized as one of the fastest and most talented drivers ever seen in Formula 1 from the early 2000s onwards and by many he is placed on the same level as the various Schumacher, Hamilton and Vettel, who however have won many more races and titles than him.
‘Only’ two world titles
There ‘narrowness’ of Alonso’s palmares – although we are still talking about a double world champion capable of winning 32 GPs in F1 – it depended on certain unfortunate choices in terms of transfers from one team to another. Indeed, after the triumphs with Renault in 2005 and 2006, Alonso frequently got the timing and destination of his team changes wrong, arriving in McLaren when a very young Lewis Hamilton made his debut at his side, ‘surviving’ only one year in a climate of fierce rivalry, and then undergoing – during the years of his stay in Ferrari – the domination of the combination Red Bull-Vettel. Even more damaging from the point of view of numbers was the decision to return to McLaren in 2015, remaining there until 2018. Eddie Jordanformer boss of the team that bore his name, is among the insiders convinced that, with some more careful choices, Alonso’s career could have taken a completely different parable.
Suzuka, overtaking Schumacher: a declaration of greatness
“I remember seeing Alonso pass Michael Schumacher on the outside on a wet track at a really tough corner in Suzuka, Japan [thereferenceistotheoverpassmadebytheAsturianin2005atthe130Rcurve)[ilriferimentoèalsoprassocompiutodall’asturianonel2005allacurva130R) and I told myself ‘oh my god, how can he do this?’ Jordan told the site OLBG – Instead TOlonso managed to make that move and from that moment i thought he was destined for greatness“. Overall between the 2007, 2010 and 2012 seasons in Alonso just eight points were missing from having three more world titles on the bulletin board. But fate, the track and even the market decided otherwise, leaving him with ‘just’ two F1 World Championships in his safe.
Finally the right move
“Actually I reproach him for not having won four, six or maybe even of not have been an eight-time world champion – remarked Jordan, referring precisely to the lack of intuition shown on certain occasions by Alonso when signing for a new team – he should have chosen his teams better. At 30, Alonso bet on money, when he could have chosen another path”. The last ‘call’, in Aston Martin, however, was spot on. “Now he’s understood again that he has a team around him that has enough qualities to give him a good car, but he won’t beat the Red Bulls in the race for the title. But I think he will win some races this year“concluded Jordan.
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