Alonso: Congratulations to Sebastian for a very strong season with many wins

Fernando Alonso applauds Sebastian Vettel

Fernando Alonso applauds Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari‘s Fernando Alonso congratulated Red Bull‘s Sebastian Vettel on his fourth successive Formula 1 World Drivers’ title on Sunday. Alonso reserved judgement on where the German stood among the greats, while re-affirming his team’s commitment to dethroning the newly crowned World Champion.

Alonso saw his already faint chances of keeping the championship battle alive evaporate when Vettel completed an Indian Grand Prix hat-trick to become Formula 1’s youngest quadruple champion.

“Congratulations to Sebastian. Obviously a very, very strong season, dominating specially the second part of the year with many many wins. Well done to him and to the team,” Alonso, who finished 11th, told reporters. “Hopefully next year we can make things more difficult.”

Alonso went into Sunday’s race trailing Vettel by 90 points and the German sealed the championship with the ruthlessness that has become the hallmark of his sustained domination in the past four years.

Is Sebastian Vettel the greatest driver of this generation?

Is Sebastian Vettel the greatest driver of this generation?

The 26-year-old’s success has left many wondering if Vettel might be the greatest modern Formula 1 driver but numbers alone would not convince Alonso, who is widely regarded as the sport’s most complete driver even if his car is currently inferior.

“Different opinions for different people and all of them we need to respect,” Alonso said.

“Many people think Ayrton [Senna] was the best ever. He won only three championships, compared to people who have won more.

“Some people think Michael [Schumacher] is the greatest. If you see the numbers, he should be the best because he has 91 victories, seven titles.

“[Vettel’s] driving performance is big with numbers, being four-time champion. In 2011, I remember him winning 14 or 15 races, this year he will win, I don’t know many. Now it’s 10, he will win maybe 13 races.”

Score: Sebastian Vettel 4 vs Fernando Alonso 2

Score: Sebastian Vettel 4 vs Fernando Alonso 2

Alonso would not hazard a guess whether he, given an equally fast car, could beat Vettel and preferred to focus on mounting a stiffer challenge next year.

“I’m not here to guess…today is the day to congratulate him and for him to enjoy the championship and it’s the day for us to start working even harder.

“They have been very strong, dominating for the last four years. We need to do something better than what we did in the last four years because it’s clear that it’s not enough. So we will start immediately.”

For the time being, Alonso was happy trying to ensure that Ferrari finishes second in the Constructor’s championship after being overtaken by Mercedes.

“For me, it makes a difference to have the team happy. They, at the end of the month, pay me…you need to make happy [the person] who gives you food,” he said. (Reuters)

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  • jeff

    Michael is the RECORD HOLDER……+++++++ Congratulations Web 4 STARS

  • Spartacus

    I bet Alonso’s congratulations was said through gritted teeth.

  • the fan

    wow! alonso has said his congratulations and yet people still put negativity to it? you fanboys are just impossible really

  • Henson

    Spartacus is thick

  • fools

    Ugly year for the Reds….They’ll be back in form in 2014. Hopefully no more wind tunnel excuses.

    Alonso for the 2014 Turbo era! WDC!

  • Spartacus

    @fools.
    There’s hope for the Reds next year. They’ve got Kimi.

  • SteveO

    Classy move from Alonso, imo. F1 needs more sportsmanship so kudo to both Vettel and Alonso for being true sportsmen!

  • Adriana

    At least of the two snivellers , Alonso is the smarter and most educated when they open their mouth!!

  • farizY

    “Alonso would not hazard a guess whether he, given an equally fast car, could beat Vettel and preferred to focus on mounting a stiffer challenge next year.

    “I’m not here to guess…today is the day to congratulate him and for him to enjoy the championship and it’s the day for us to start working even harder.

    “They have been very strong, dominating for the last four years. We need to do something better than what we did in the last four years because it’s clear that it’s not enough. So we will start immediately.”

    Exactly!

  • F1 MAD

    Although you can’t do it 4 times in a row by pure luck but I’d really like to see Seb having to deal with the psychological battle of having to fight his heart out in a midfield car for 1 full season in order to be entirely convinced of his supernatural talent . Till then Alonso is still the undisputed champion .

    That said , well done Seb , well done . You are smart , down to earth and nice but let’s see how fast you really are .

  • Boycotthehaters

    ” I’d really like to see Seb having to deal with the psychological battle of having to fight his heart out in a midfield car for 1 full season”

    Like he did in 2008?

    “Till then Alonso is still the undisputed champion”

    Why? Alonso did not look better in 2008 and 2009 then Vettel did in 2008.

  • Ukwhite

    What people really miss is age importance in a sport fighting with 0.001 of a second. If Fangio joined today’s cars at 40 someting age, he would have been to the bottom of the field.

    The same with Kimi, Alonso, biologically their bodies are slower, young nerves are faster and more accurate. Muscles, nerves, brain fire faster, a well rounded groomed and educated intelect being a plus. Vettel is unbeatable for the moment. A Kimi and Alonso in RB car may not perform better than Webber.

  • F1 MAD

    Boycotthehaters :
    not undermining Vettel but would want to really see how he handles the frustration and keep charging .
    Schumacher was great when he was winning everything but does that he mean he’s better than Prost , Senna or even Hakkinen ? i really don’t think so . He just had a team built around him for him .

  • haha

    JUST LOOK AT THIS: h(xx)p://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fernando_Alonso#Controversies

    No other driver has a category dedicated to cheating!

  • matthew

    alonso is a class act. him and vettel are without doubt the best drivers in f1.