Stewart: Alonso is a genius and most complete driver

Fernando Alonso with Jackie Stewart

Fernando Alonso with Jackie Stewart

Motorsport legend and triple world champion Sir Jackie Stewart has pointed out four drivers who he claims are the best of Formula 1’s current era, but of the quartet Fernando Alonso stands out claims the Scot.

Asked by the sports newspaper Marca to name the best driver in Formula 1 today, 75-year-old Stewart said: “Mentally, probably Alonso. The fastest is perhaps Lewis Hamilton.

“Rosberg is definitely one of the best, more consistent, and on the same level I think is Vettel. Those are the best,” said Stewart. “In the world there are hundreds of millions of drivers, several thousand make their living from it, a few hundred live very well.”

“There are 22 Grand Prix drivers, maybe six of them are really good, three exceptional, but there is only one genius. So if I had to choose the most complete driver I would say Alonso,” he explained.

Jackie Stewart has high regard for Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel

Jackie Stewart has high regard for Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel

Stewart thinks Alonso, at 33, is in the prime of his racing life, “I think it’s the perfect age. He has lived the good, the bad and the ugly.”

Arguably, however, the present is one of those ‘ugly’ phases for Alonso; highly paid but missing a third career title ever since he switched to Ferrari in 2010.

“I don’t know if he should change teams,” Stewart said, “but what I do know is that he will have to make that decision in the next six to eight weeks.”

Alonso won two F1 world titles for Renault in 2005 and 2006, and since his grand prix debut for Minardi in 2001 has scored 32 wins, 97 podiums in 227 starts. (GMM)