Speaking a great battle earlier than it has even begun, Fernando Alonso says he’s higher than Lewis, Max, Seb et al.
Having predicted that “there can be a couple of surprises” on Saturday, when “everybody has low gas, the quickest tyres fitted and full energy from the engine”, by no means one to shrink back from controversy, Fernando Alonso has now turned his consideration to his fellow drivers.
Requested by the BBC, if, regardless of being away from the game, he’s nonetheless pretty much as good as Lewis Hamilton, fellow champions, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc, the Spaniard was in little doubt: “No… I am higher,” he replied.
“It is going to be nice, I am wanting ahead (to it),” he continued. “There are some younger, proficient guys that’ve been exhibiting nice efficiency within the youthful classes.
“After which we nonetheless have the champions. Lewis, Sebastian, Kimi, Verstappen… even when he is without doubt one of the younger ones, of the youthful technology, he has raced on the prime stage already for 4 years, 5 years.
“We now have a really aggressive grid and it’ll be a problem to fulfill everybody on observe.
“I am again with the purpose of doing properly clearly,” he added, “and the purpose of getting the prospect to win races, hoping to battle for championships.
“We perceive that this yr it isn’t going to be attainable as a result of the rules are just a little bit completely different,” he admitted, “however principally the identical as earlier years, so I do not see any miracles occurring there.
“However in 2022 there’s an opportunity with the brand new rules mixing just a little bit the order of the grid and we wish to be a type of groups that surprises everyone and to do this we have to work laborious this yr.”
Referring to the biking accident that brought on him to overlook the staff launch and can see him begin the season with a titanium plate in his jaw, he mentioned: “I used to be fortunate ultimately. I let you know that I used to be frightened within the second that it occurred, as a result of I might been ready all the second a part of final yr, and clearly you are making ready for the staff presentation and the primary take a look at, after which all of the sudden you end up in a hospital after a motorcycle accident, and you do not know how lengthy it’ll take to get better.
“Fortunately the primary reply from the medical doctors was that in ten days or one week I must be able to go, so I needed to keep at dwelling for one week with not a lot exercise, however after that I used to be completely superb.”
It is like he is by no means been away.