You can ask any F1 fan who the top drivers in F1 are, and I'm almost certain that Fernando Alonso will crop up. He is a formidable talent and almost everyone does regard Alonso as one of the best. Alonso is capable of getting everything out of his car, and always has been.
And yet, despite his talent, he hasn't won the championship with Ferrari yet. It is clear just how much he loves been at Ferrari, he has a real passion, and a burning desire to win with Ferrari. The feisty Spaniard is constantly showing this, and yet despite an incredible amount of support from the team, who are clearly in love with Alonso, he's not had a car good enough to win the championship yet. He's still put everything into it, and given the Ferrari fans a real thrill with some of his driving, but hasn't got to his third World Championship with the team he wants to be at for the rest of his career yet. This is a combination of many things, but everyone knows that he has the talent, and just hasn't had the car. Alonso is like Vettel and Hamilton, in that, if you give him a car capable of winning the world championship, he will win the world championship.
|Alonso just missed out on the title in 2010|
|Alonso took ten podiums in his stunning 2011|
In short, Alonso is a wonderful driver, and Ferrari need to take advantage of the fact that they have him in their team. It is crucial that they now make the car Alonso deserves, because no-one, not even Alonso, can win the championship in a poor car. After two cars which weren't up to Ferrari's impeccably high standards, the F2012 needs to be seriously fast. It is a measure of Alonso's talent that despite no championship in the last five years he is still considered to be among the very best in the world. Ferrari know that if they aren't winning, it's their fault, and not Alonso's. Ferrari need to make a good car for him, firstly because he will then be able to win the Championship, but also because Alonso is a feisty and ferocious character, and like at McLaren in 2007, he can make things behind the scenes very frosty.
Over the next few weeks I will be looking at the six world champions on the grid, as well as three other drivers in top teams, in articles like this, as we prepare for the start of the season.