Date published: October 18 2018
Fernando Alonso was asked for his top five World Champions in Formula 1 history, ruling himself out of the equation.
As Lewis Hamilton closes in on a fifth World Championship title, Alonso was asked in the FIA Drivers’ Press Conference in Austin, Texas if his former team-mate would feature on his top five list.
He does, and so does another four-time World Champion in Alain Prost, but another four-time champ in Vettel, with four trophies won in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, is a notable omission.
And, before he answered fully, Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo asked if Alonso would put himself on the list.
“No, not really,” Alonso said.
“I would probably say Michael [Scumacher], Fangio, Senna, Prost and Lewis [Hamilton]. This would probably be the top five for me.
“It is difficult to compare those different times and different championships but Lewis matching Fangio with five will be a great achievement.
“If one had to do that in our generation, I am happy it is Lewis as he has showed the talent and commitment.
“When the car is dominating then he delivers and when it is not good enough to win a World Championship he still puts in the performance to show his talent.
“That is difficult to see nowadays.”