Lauda: Alonso is “toughest and cleverest”

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Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Silverstone, 2012In the round-up: World champion Niki Lauda hails Fernando Alonso as the “toughest and cleverest” driver in F1 today.

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Lewis told to keep at it: Legend Niki Lauda backs Hamilton to succeed (The Mirror)

“[Alonso’s] the toughest guy out there and he is also the cleverest. He knows what to do and after years at Ferrari he has settled in, knows how to be consistent and has kept the team going forward step by step.”

Storms clouds over Formula 1 (Autosport, subscription required)

“The hosting fees suck every spare penny out of the circuit, in turn ensuring that CVC gets richer at every turn while severely jeopardising Silverstone’s facility development. Imagine how much hardcore could have been laid with just half the ??16m; imagine how many car parks and bridges could be built over the full 17-year contract period.”

Ferrari back at the Kremlin (Ferrari)

“Driving an F60, the car Scuderia Ferrari used in the 2009 world championship, will be Giancarlo Fisichella, who works for the Maranello team, as well as flying the flag for the Prancing Horse in GT races.”

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Bernie Ecclestone, Felipe Massa, Valencia, 2012

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On this day in F1

Emerson Fittipaldi extended his championship lead with victory in the 1972 British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch.

Pole sitter Jacky Ickx led the first half of the race for Ferrari before retiring with a broken oil cooler. Jackie Stewart was second for Tyrrell ahead of Peter Revson.

Here’s the start of the race:

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86 comments on Lauda: Alonso is “toughest and cleverest”

  1. AlonsoWDC (@alonsowdc) said on 16th July 2012, 6:24

    Well, in a word, yes.But you cannot do that sort of comparison in F1. It is all very much relative.If you wish to make such a claim as Lauda has, and you can, it’s part of sport – you can only hope Lauda (or anyone) weighs things accordingly. No one would, or at least should, argue that Schumacher is the best on the grid, but that denial should at least be weighted down by the facts that Schumacher is with a new team and in very old age. For Lauda’s claim to have relevance, everyone should accept that he’s talking about the very current day.

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