Alonso ‘confident about beating anyone’

Date published: April 22 2016 - Editor

Fernando Alonso believes he is the best "overall" driver on the Formula 1 grid despite not having won a title since 2006.

Alonso has two titles to his name having claimed back-to-back success with Renault in 2005 and again 2006.

Since then, though, there has only been disappointed.

Although he has raced for McLaren and Ferrari in the ensuing years, a hat-trick of runner-up results is the best he has managed.

But despite that, Alonso feels he is the best "overall" driver on the grid and could beat anyone given the same machinery.

"I always feel confident about beating anyone," the Spaniard told Martin Brundle in a Sky Sports F1 interview.

"I don't believe that I'm better than anyone on pure speed in qualifying, I don't think I'm better than anyone in wet conditions, dry conditions, qualifying, race.

"But if you put me in the same car at the same moment and same track as anyone, I think that I will beat them.

"Maybe I'm not best of all sections, but overall I will beat them."

Pressed as to whether he believes he can win a third World title, the 35-year-old replied: "Yes, definitely."

The double World Champion, a winner of 32 grands prix, also touched on next year's regulations when F1 is set to introduce wider tyres, more downforce and ultimately quicker cars.

And Alonso is hoping that will bring the joy back into driving F1 cars.

"Right now I don't think that we are enjoying driving as much as we should do," he said. "We cannot be seven or eight seconds slower than 10 years ago. This is not fun to drive.

"You are always saving – saving tyres, saving fuel, saving batteries – it is the opposite of our instinct. I hope next year it returns to a more normal driving style."