Alonso names preferred candidates for 2018

Date published: February 14 2018

Fernando Alonso has named the two drivers who he would most like to see win this year’s World title, and it is not much of a surprise.

Without putting his own name forward, the double World Champion was asked by AS to choose a driver to win the world championship.

He replied: “[Stoffell] Vandoorne.”

Asked for another not in his team, he said: “Carlos [Sainz], obviously.”

Okay, so a non-team-mate non-Spanish driver?

“I don’t know, I don’t have any preference,” he said.

As for whether Lewis Hamilton winning again, told that a fifth for the Mercedes driver would be ‘incredible for F1’, Alonso replied: “Right now, yes, because he won last year, but two years ago it could have been Rosberg, who ended as champion.

“And a few years ago, someone else. I don’t know.”