Zetsche: Alonso is perhaps the best driver on the grid

Zetsche celebrates with Lewis Hamilton after victory in Spain

Dieter Zetsche celebrates with Lewis Hamilton after victory in Spain

Fernando Alonso is perhaps the best driver in Formula 1, claims Dieter Zetsche, chairman of Daimler the parent company of Mercedes, whose Brackley based Formula 1 team is utterly dominating in 2014.

It has been reported recently that Mercedes could be interested in reviving McLaren‘s fiery 2007 duo, by ousting Nico Rosberg and pairing current championship leader Lewis Hamilton with Spaniard Alonso next year.

Alonso is reportedly frustrated with Ferrari‘s continued lack of championship-winning potential, and eyeing a 2015 move to Mercedes or perhaps McLaren.

Mercedes figures including Niki Lauda and Toto Wolff have denied the speculation. But Zetsche said on Tuesday: “Alonso is perhaps the best driver on the grid, demonstrating it even in a slightly less competitive car.”

And he is quoted by Spain’s EFE news agency as saying that driver skill is “more important than ever”, after the move to the new breed of turbo-powered cars.

Lewis Hamilton with Fernando Alonso in parc ferme after the Chinese Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton with Fernando Alonso in parc ferme after the Chinese Grand Prix

“Drivers with the new hybrid power must be very good,” said Zetsche, “because the cars are no longer the ‘trams’ that we have seen before.

“Today’s cars are exciting; it doesn’t bore me that the same team has won every race so far,” he smiled. “It is the job of the other teams to equal the performance of Mercedes, even if we also have a lot that we can improve.”

Zetsche, an occasional visitor to grand prix race days, was seen embracing and celebrating with Hamilton after the Briton powererd to the team’s fifth consecutive victory of the season at the Spanish Grand Prix.

After which Hamilton said, “Every time Dr Zetsche came last year, we generally had a bad race, so it was really important to get a good result for him to get rid of that negative bug, or bad luck that I guess he thought he was bringing.” (GP247-GMM)

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