Alonso: Great times for Formula One

Date published: January 14 2012

Fernando Alonso believes F1 could be in for a vintage season with no fewer than six World Champions on the grid…

Fernando Alonso believes F1 could be in for a vintage season with no fewer than six World Champions on the grid.

This season Alonso, Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher will be joined by the returning Kimi Raikkonen in what is, at least on paper, the strongest line-up in the history of the sport.

“It is great years we are having,” Alonso told the BBC.

“We just need to enjoy because we don’t know how long we can be racing for these Championships and how many times we will see this number of Champions there.

“It is great and it puts the level of the Championship higher than ever.

“We will enjoy the Championship, the spectators will enjoy it. We can have some good races with good emotion.”

However, if Ferrari want to win any of those races and fight for the title, Alonso concedes his team needs to up their gram.e

“The biggest challenge for us is to take care of ourselves,” he said. “We were not good enough in 2011, so first of all we need to improve this.

“If we do that, then we need to see what is our competition and how quick we are.

“Both of them (Red Bull and McLaren) are extremely good. Mercedes can improve as well. There are super teams and we need to be good.”