Alonso named best F1 driver of 2008

Fernando Alonso 2005
Fernando Alonso 2005

Fernando Alonso has been named the top formula one driver of the 2008 season by one of the leading media outlets covering the sport.

Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport, the daily sports newspaper, said the Spaniard outclassed both Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa, despite the latter duo occupying first and second spots in the final drivers' classifications.

"Why Alonso? Because he was driving a Renault, which did not begin as the best machine, but in the last 6 grands prix no-one scored more points than him," the publication said of the 27-year-old.

"In wise and close collaboration with his engineers, he gradually improved to a level of high competitiveness that allowed him not only to win two races, but to do better than everyone from September onwards: 43 points for him versus 33 for Massa and 28 for Hamilton.

"And all this with the handicap of Renault engine power. Had he driven a Ferrari, the title would certainly had been his."

World champion Lewis Hamilton was named second best due to his strength "on every type of track, in the wet and in the dry, showing no weaknesses", while Felipe Massa is third when "no-one expected him to be so strong" despite being "bombarded by bad luck in decisive moments".

BMW-Sauber's Robert Kubica was named next best, ahead of young Monza winner Sebastian Vettel, the disappointing Kimi Raikkonen, Nick Heidfeld, Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock.

McLaren's Heikki Kovalainen rounded out the top ten.


Source: GMM
Published Dec 29th, 2008 11:28pm
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Zero Zero
I don't particularly like the guy, but he probably deserves the title. But, saying "The Best" is over the top. It should have the title which reflects the general ability given the cirumstances he was in. For manufacturers, Alonso is a real investment, because of the combination of his skill, his feedback and his competitive nature. Having said that, I do think other drivers could also be recommended for the title. For example, kubica drove stunnigly all year round, and through the latter half of the season, he had a car which was mostly unchanged.
Dec 31st, 2008 1:44am
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Xanavi23 Xanavi23
I agree with the Kubica nod. He did very well, considering BMWs budget is nowhere near as big as Ferrari's or McLarens.
Jan 2nd, 2009 1:16am
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Xanavi23 Xanavi23
Best driver of 2008 ?! Are you kidding me? he did a bit okay for driving an inferior car but all he did was whine and complain like a brat the whole season, not to mention being so jealous of Hamilton he wouldn't acknowledge the mans skill, saying it was just luck. Alonso is a REAL loser...there ought to be some attention paid to a drivers character. Alonso reminds me alot of a woman, that likes to b*tch and whine all the time.
Dec 31st, 2008 12:30am
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Albe Albe
Why not just let Italian newspapers decide the world championship, who needs to race at all?
Dec 30th, 2008 8:21pm
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Donster Donster
So you think being handed a drive at Ferrari on a plate is easy, do you? Considering the current financial state carmakers are in, I don't think even the likes of Ferrari would want to shell out tens of millions to buy out either Raikkonen or Massa, would you?
Dec 30th, 2008 7:38pm
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James2911 James2911
If Alonso was so good he'd be given a Ferrari seat wouldn't he? And the results of the last six races doesn't make him the best driver of the entire season.
Dec 30th, 2008 4:19pm
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Geefiasco Geefiasco
Lucy Pinder & Michelle Marsh! Oh Yes! Get in there my son!!! More pics would be appreciated.
Dec 30th, 2008 8:05am
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mmr66 mmr66
you must watch alot of porn
Jan 2nd, 2009 11:30am
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xarlyn xarlyn
Its true, if that man had a good machine in his hands...
Dec 30th, 2008 4:45am
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y0ukz y0ukz
If renault progress a bit this year alonso will beat all.. come on renault!
Dec 30th, 2008 4:58am
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