Lauda says Alonso best driver will win title

Race winner Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari celebrates in parc ferme. Formula One World Championship, Rd 14, Italian Grand Prix, Race, Monza, Italy, Sunday 12 September 2010.

Fernando Alonso

Oct.4 (GMM) Niki Lauda has backed Fernando Alonso to win the 2010 world championship, although the Spaniard is 11 points behind championship leader Mark Webber’s Red Bull, but the Ferrari driver has won two grands prix on the trot from pole.

Race winner Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F10. Formula One World Championship, Rd 15, Singapore Grand Prix, Race, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, Sunday 26 September 2010.

Fernando winning in Singapore

Triple world champion Lauda was highly critical of Alonso throughout the Hockenheim team orders affair, but he has now told Osterreich newspaper that the 29-year-old is poised to win a third title.

“Why?” the Austrian asked rhetorically. “Because he has twice been champion, and not by chance. He is the best driver today.

“When you assess together a driver’s speed, intelligence, ability to take risks efficiently to score maximum points always, he is simply the best,” said Lauda, 61.

Lauda also said Australian Webber has “surprised everyone” this season with his consistency.

Qualifying top 3 (L to R): Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing, second; Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing, pole position; Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari third. Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Chinese Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Shanghai, China, Saturday 17 April 2010.

Fernando with title rivals Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel

But he thinks the Red Bull driver will only beat Alonso if his car is “clearly superior” to the Ferrari.

And despite his misgivings during the team orders saga, Lauda said observers can only respect Ferrari at this decisive phase of the championship because “they will do everything possible to bridge the gap separating them from Red Bull”.

1996 world champion Damon Hill, however, fears that Alonso’s 2010 title might be tainted by his inherited victory over teammate Felipe Massa in Germany.

“There will be people who feel that points should have been taken away from Ferrari and Alonso,” he told the Mail on Sunday.

  • Bec

    Alonso has engine issues, Webber still has 1 spare engine.

  • JamesR

    Fine, Alonso is the best of the current bunch and will maximise the potential of any car.

    Did we really need Niki to state the obvious! 1821,