Fernando Alonso, despite being 42 years old, has proven he can still compete at a high level in Formula 1, standing on the podium eight times this year, with former race winner Robert Kubica stating that Alonso is the best driver in a non-competitive car.
‣ Fernando Alonso, despite being 42 years old, has demonstrated his ability to compete at a high level in Formula 1, standing on the podium eight times this year.
‣ Former race winner Robert Kubica believes that Alonso is the best driver when in a non-competitive car.
‣ Kubica acknowledges that while the car plays a significant role, the skill of the driver is also crucial, with drivers like Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton, and Fernando Alonso standing out.
‣ Alonso, who won the championship in 2005 and 2006, retired in 2018 but has since returned to achieve numerous podiums.
Fernando Alonso has shown us this year that he’s still got it. Even at 42, the Spaniard managed to secure a spot on the podium eight times. Robert Kubica, a former race winner, had a chat with the Gurulandia podcast. He reckons Alonso is the best driver when it comes to non-competitive cars.
Aston Martin’s driver has always been known for his speed. He bagged the championship in 2005 and 2006. He was also a contender for the title during Vettel’s reign. In 2018, he decided to hang up his helmet. Who’d have thought he’d be back on the podium so many times?
Kubica’s been keeping an eye on Alonso’s performances. He’s got a pretty clear opinion on the two-time world champion’s speed. “In my book, Fernando Alonso with a non-competitive car is the strongest of all,” he says.
He goes on to say, “I always reckon that F1 in the first two or three rows is a sport. But when you’re at the back… Well, if you’re half a second ahead and you’re in a Red Bull, you’re on the podium. But if you’re a rookie, even if you’re a phenomenon, it’s tough to crack the top 15 with a Williams or any small team.”
But Kubica doesn’t think it’s all about the car. “The big ‘cracks’ make themselves known,” he says. “I always say that 90 percent of the drivers who made it to the big teams would’ve done it anyway. You see aliens like Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso… You’ve got to be really lucky to be in the right place, with the right team, and a car that’s easy to drive.”