‘I’m better’ than Hamilton, Verstappen and Vettel, says Alonso ahead of F1 return

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'I'm better' than Hamilton, Verstappen and Vettel, says Alonso ahead of F1 return


Returning two-time champion Fernando Alonso doesn’t know how Alpine will fare in 2021, but he is sure of his own talent as he insisted ahead of the new season that he was a ‘better’ driver than defending champion Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen.
Our writers have predicted that Alonso will be the main source of headlines this season and it looks like the 39-year-old has already proven himself ahead of his return to Formula 1 after a two-year absence from sport.

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In an interview with the BBC, Alonso said: “It’s gonna be awesome, I can’t wait [to it]; there were some talented young people who showed great performances in the younger categories, and then we still have the champions, who were here two years ago with Lewis, Sebastian, Kimi.

“Verstappen – even though he is part of the young and the younger generation – he has been racing at the highest level for four or five years already. We have a competitive grid and it will be a challenge to beat everyone on the track. ”

When asked if he was as good as these drivers – including three world champions – despite a fate away from F1, Alonso replied: “No, I’m better”.

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But the Spaniard stopped before predicting he would mount a championship challenge in his first year back after two years of competing in the United States, Le Mans and the Dakar Rally.

“I’m back in Formula 1 with the objective of doing well obviously, and the objective of having the chance to win races, in the hope of fighting for the championships,” he said.

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“We understand that this year it won’t be possible because the rules are a little different but basically the same as in previous years, so I don’t see any miracles happening there.

“But in 2022 there is a chance with the new regulations mixing up the order of the grid a bit and we want to be one of those teams that surprises everyone and to do that we have to work hard this year” , he added.

Alonso added that he was “lucky” to recover so quickly from a bicycle accident in February that left metal plaques in his jaw.

“I was lucky at the end,” he said. “It won’t compromise my season at all, and like I said, I feel lucky,” he concluded.

Partner of Esteban Ocon with the new Alpine look in 2020, Alonso is making his return to the Bahrain Grand Prix this weekend – which he won in 2005 and 2006 for Renault, and in 2010 for Ferrari.

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Do you agree with Alonso? Is he better than Hamilton, Vettel and Verstappen?

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