Date: 26th April 2016 at 9:37am
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Fernando Alonso believes he is the best driver in Formula One in 2016.

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.

Something that the 35-years-old also believes.

‘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.’
he told Sky Sports.

But 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.

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.