Date: 17th March 2016 at 11:08am
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Fernando Alonso could well be looked upon as one of the most underachieving Formula One greats of the sport.

The Spaniard is, according to many, the best driver of his generation.

But at 34-years-old he is now coming towards the end of his career and has claimed just two Formula One titles.

Since he won back-to-back championships in 2005 and 2006, Alonso has had few genuine title opportunities since.

In 2007 the feud between himself and then rookie team-mate Lewis Hamilton firstly allowed Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen to take the title and would eventually cost him his seat (among other reasons) at McLaren….. a team that he would have taken titles with.

Since that time eight full years have passed, with Alonso winning just 13 times in 149 starts.

He finished runner-up in the championship in 2010, 2012 and 2013, but with the exception of perhaps 2010, it was his talent that got himself into that position and not the car.

His decisions to move to Renault, Ferrari and McLaren Honda have all proved, with hindsight the wrong decisions.

Instead Alonso has watched on as Lewis Hamilton has taken three titles with McLaren and Mercedes, whilst Sebastian Vettel has taken four titles with Red Bull and Jenson Button also proving you need to be in the right place at the right time with his title at Brawn GP.

The irony of this move in particular appears to be just how poor McLaren Honda are at the same time that Ferrari are finally coming good.

Just how will Alonso feel if he spends 2016 running around the back of the grid racing against the likes of Manor and Haas, whilst Ferrari challenge for regular race victories and the championship?

?If they win the championship, then probably yes [I’ll be frustrated], because I had a contract last year and this year with them. Alonso told motorsport.com.

?So if they win the championship, probably I will find I could have had that opportunity as well, if I was able to drive as good as the champion, if they win. So that will be the case. But this is a big if.?

On McLaren Honda he added: ?I am aware of the difficulties that we had last year and I am aware of the difficulties that we may face this year, in terms of performance,?

?While you are not winning you can never be happy. There is only one driver, and one team that are happy every year. All the others are in the same position.




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