August 10 (F1plus team).- Formula 1 team Ferrari must be doing things rather well to have Fernando Alonso considering that he is driving stronger than ever.
The Spaniard, born in Asturias, explained that his skills have developed to a next level with the Maranello based outfit. Alonso even referenced his team performance this year with 7 over 10 in his ‘scorecard’, but highlighted that he feels very optimistic Ferrari will keep his recent surge (for him four straight podiums including a victory) and will for sure, make him change that score for a higher one.
"A nine or a ten can go to those who lead the championship, but this has not been such a bad a season for us so far," Alonso commented. "Sure, the beginning was very difficult: we had hoped for a better start but we did not manage it.
"In China we went through what was possibly the worst point, because not only were we not fighting for the win with McLaren and Red Bull, but we were also behind Mercedes and maybe Renault, who had already scored two podium finishes.
"However, after that, we reacted well. We still lack a little something in all areas, including from the drivers, to be at the level of the best. However, I feel much more part of the team than I did a year ago. In terms of driving, I don’t think I’ve ever been this strong."
Alonso, who has won six races during his time at Ferrari so far, also downplayed the recent comments made by Team Principal Stefano Domenicali, in which the Italian claimed that Alonso has chances of outperforming Michael Schumacher seven Formula 1 World tiles.
"I don’t know what to say, except that I immediately felt comfortable at Ferrari," he explained. "But it would be very difficult to repeat what Michael did, because things are very different now to what they were a decade ago. Having said that, I am experiencing the best years of my career and that makes me very optimistic for the future."
The Spaniard has been crowned twice as champion in 2005 and 2006, both with Renault. In 2007, he fell short of he Championship for just one point, in fascinating end of the season that saw Raikkonen emerge as champion in the last race.