Alonso is Ferrari man no need for Vettel

L-R: Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, and Fernando Alonso

Sebastian Vettel with Fernando Alonso

Nov.23 (GMM) Luca di Montezemolo insists Ferrari can live without Formula 1’s new back to back world champion.

Asked about the young German – who has dominated the 2011 season – during the La Politica nel Pallone radio programme, president Montezemolo insisted Fernando Alonso is better than the Red Bull driver.

“We have Fernando with a long and stable contract as we did with Michael Schumacher and, with all due respect to all the other drivers, Alonso is the best in the world,” he said.

Notwithstanding his affection for the Spaniard, Montezemolo acknowledged that Felipe Massa’s contract runs out at the end of next season.

“We expect a big season from him next year and then we will evaluate what to do. Let’s say he is playing for reappointment,” said the Italian, amid rumours Ferrari has eyes for the recovering Pole Robert Kubica.

  • Atari

    Well we all know that Alonso is the best in the world…;)

  • Sennauno

    I didnt…thanks for clarifying :)

  • John

    Alonso is certainly above average. But best in the world? Erm, no. Same car and Hamilton was quicker. And Vettel? Ferrari should have signed him. Simply put they’d have at least one championship if they did, perhaps two, already with him.

  • Sennauno

    @ John

    Hamilton may have been ‘quicker’ than Alonso in 2007 albeit both tied for points at the end of the championship. Fernando is out scoring him in an inferior car this year…but yeo, Hamilton is ‘quicker’….
    we’ll see how Vettel goes with the RedBull downfall…hindsight is a beautiful thing

  • Butterfly

    Oh boy, John is on drugs or something. How did you come up with “Same car and Hamilton was quicker.”, mate? Were you talking about the MP4-26 vs F-150?

  • Evel

    I’m not really an Alonso fan but there is absolutely no denying just how good Alonso is.
    Just look at his performances this year in what is clearly only the 3rd fastest car.
    By that right he should only be fifth in the standings.
    Massa’s performances are more in line with the 150’s pace.

    As far as I remember Alonso finished 2007 on the same points and with the same amount of wins as Hamilton in 2007.
    That Hamilton was a rookie that year, means nothing to me, as I feel he was just as quick when he started as he is now.

    Alonso and Hamilton are in my view, the 2 best drivers in F1 at the moment.
    Vettel has loads of talent but has yet to really prove himself in my eyes.
    He’s clearly had the quickest car the last 2 years by some margin, just look at how late the RB7’s able to brake and the speed it’s able to carry through the corneres compared to the other cars.
    The real test comes when he no longer has the fastest car.

    Vettel only barely took the title in 2010.
    Alonso, almost had it, and in a far inferior car too.
    I believe that if Alonso was in the RB6 in 2010, he would have wrapped up the championship far, far earlier.
    Alonso is widely regarded, by experts and formula one drivers alike, as the best driver in F1 today and not without reason.

    Having said that, Vettel’s performance this year has been nothing short of brilliant.
    He’s been ultra reliable and has barely made a mistake.
    He also knows how to get a quick time down when it counts.

    I want to see how he performs in a car that’s not superior to all the others though, before I’m willing to say that he’s as good or better than Alonso or Hamilton.
    Alonso, Hamilton, Rosberg, Button or numerous other drivers could have won this years title had they been the ones in Vettel’s seat however noone could have won it in the Ferrari

  • Evel

    You see guys, it is possible to support a driver without mocking, insulting and fighting about any driver that isn’t your favourite.
    Even the worst F1 driver, is amongst the best drivers in the world and we should respect that.

  • Shibby Forza Ferrari

    Luca, Kimi could do more with a bad car than Fernando (cfr Spa Francorchamps 2009)!

  • Shibby Forza Ferrari

    People, John is no retard he is right, Monaco 2007 Alonso leads the race but on the livetiming we see Hamilton closing in by 1 sec to 1,5 sec per lap! (it really reminded me of Ayrton, don’t believe me watch ) And they told him to hold back, without this (and the big baby farce by Alonso and his crew in Hungary), Lewis was 2007 champion. For me he proved he was one of the best in Monaco 2008 (winning in tormential rain after having a puncture! on a track which is known as not possible to overtake) No, John was right by saying that.