MONZA, Italy – Fernando Alonso believes his level of performance in 2022 was better than in the two seasons he won the Formula 1 Championship with Renault.
Alonso is currently in brilliant form for Alpine, having finished in the points in 10 consecutive races, a streak stretching back to his home race at the Spanish Grand Prix in May.
Alonso’s form has helped Alpine take a commanding lead in the battle with McLaren for fourth place.
The 40-year-old, who will remain in F1 beyond this season after signing a multi-year deal with Aston Martin, believes he is driving better than he did in 2005 and 2006.
“I’m happy and proud of the achievement,” said Alonso. “I think together with 2012 these were my two best seasons, even better than my championship seasons when we had a dominant car in those years. 2012, 2022… the next one will be 2032!”
Alonso’s 2012 season, in which he almost beat Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel for the championship despite driving an inferior Ferrari car, is widely regarded as one of the greatest achievements of any driver of the modern era.
At that time Vettel prevailed against Alonso at the season finale in Brazil. After the race, television cameras caught Alonso’s now-famous thousand-yard gaze after stepping out of his car, although he has since claimed he was waiting to congratulate his Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa
Alonso is about to start his Formula 1 career for the 349th time, which will draw him level with former Ferrari team-mate and former ex-world champion Kimi Raikkonen.
The Spaniard said he would not have reached such a figure if he lacked passion or talent.
“I am not there [statistic] so much, I’m lucky to be in Formula 1 for so many years. When the other two come… or whatever, however long I’ll be in Formula 1… I’ll definitely get to 400. That’s a big number and shows my passion for the sport, my discipline to play at a high level. If you don’t perform, teams are definitely not going to give you 400 grands prix.”
https://www.espn.com/f1/story/_/id/34549862/fernando-alonso-claims-the-best-form-career Fernando Alonso claims he is in the best form of his career