‘Alonso the best driver in 20 years’

Date published: September 19 2012

Former Renault boss Flavio Briatore believes that Fernando Alonso is the best driver to turn out in Formula One in the past two decades…

Former Renault boss Flavio Briatore believes that Fernando Alonso is the best driver to turn out in Formula One in the past two decades.

While Michael Schumacher certainly outnumbers the Spaniard in terms of race wins and Championship titles, Briatore is of the opinion that Alonso is the superior driver.

“Fernando Alonso is the best driver of the last 20 years,” he told Sky Sport 24

“He is better than Schumacher even though at such a high level the differences are subtle. At times he can make strategic mistakes and is able to recover, and then when in front 90% of the time he wins the race, even if the car isn’t very competitive.

“He lives and breathes for competition alone.”

Alonso currently leads the Drivers’ standings by 37 points from McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton with Kimi Raikkonen a further point adrift with Sebastian Vettel breathing down his neck one point back.