McLaren-Honda Formula One (F1) driver Fernando Alonso has expressed the 2006 title battle with Michael Schumacher as his toughest. In the particular season Alonso raced in a Renault/Michelin while the German legend was in a Ferrari/Bridgestone.
“So on the weekend you were thinking of scoring many more points than him (Schumacher), he’d still be in third, fourth, second, always delivering something extra. With all the drivers that I fought, he was the only one able to do that.” Alonso said, as reported by AUTOSPORT.
The 35-year-old has also admitted the recent troubles at McLaren-Honda have been tough for him to stomach. The team is considered as the second-best team in the history of F1. However, in recent times they have been fighting for Q1 which has been tough to accept for the Spaniard.
The two-time F1 world champion has revealed that he misses the fights for the championships. It has now been over four years since Alonso has been involved in title contention.
Alonso won the world championship in 2005 and 2006. He went into the final race of the ’07, ’10 and ‘12 seasons with a shot at the title.
However, in 2013, the man from Oviedo, Asturias, Spain had to settle for second to an ever dominant Sebastian Vettel. In 2014, Alonso was able to score just two podiums with Ferrari and the following two seasons at McLaren-Honda was spent in bringing the team up the order.
“I’ve been lucky enough to experience that feeling five times. From the last four years I miss this feeling of arriving with possibilities.” Alonso added.
Despite not being in championship contention, Alonso has tagged the 2016 season as the third best of his career. Neither of the championship seasons makes his top 3 list with 2012 and 2014 taking the first and second place respectively, as reported by ESPN.
“2012 is probably my best season in Formula One. Then it could be 2014 my second best. Then probably this one will be on the final step of the podium so far.” Alonso stated.
Fernando Alonso’s 2016 on-board start compilation
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