Martin Brundle believes that Fernando Alonso is “way better” than the two Formula 1 world championships he has won during his career.
Alonso won his titles in 2005 and 2006 with Renault and returns to the Enstone-based outfit for a third stint in 2021.
The Spaniard came very close to adding another title in 2007, 2010 and 2012, but saw his efforts frustrated on each occasion.
Back in F1 for the first time since 2018, Alonso will be hoping to help the newly rebadged Alpine team build on a promising 2020 campaign where they picked up three podium finishes.
Discussing Alonso’s career up until this point, the Sky F1 commentator noted that the 39-year-old had not achieved quite as much as his talent deserved.
“With my TV cap on, I am excited about it,” Brundle told Motorsport Magazine. “I do kind of feel he’s had his chances and it’s taking a seat I’d like to see some young buck take.
“I think he’s a man who’s kind of wasted his talent – that’s a strong word and I’d hate to read that as a headline – because I think he’s way better than a two-time World Champion, but I think he’s ended up in too many skirmishes within his own team and spoiled that to an extent.
“So if he’s learned from that, he will come back and will Renault give him a Championship car? We don’t know, do we? That’s why we love live sport. You’ve got to tune in to find out.
“But overall, I think for the sport it’s good and I’m personally fascinated by it, so I’m pleased to see him back. What a talent. Let’s see how much speed and commitment he’s got. I don’t think we can ever doubt that with Fernando.”