Alonso: We’ll see how good Vettel is later in his career – and Raikkonen’s no faster than Massa

2013 Japanese Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel, Spa-Francorchamps, 2013Fernando Alonso explained his view on the abilities of his closest championship rivals in the run-up to the Japanese Grand Prix.

Alonso said Sebastian Vettel, who is on the cusp of winning the world title for the fourth consecutive season, has been “very good, close to perfection all these years”.

However Alonso says the jury is still out on how good Vettel ultimately is: “It’s true that he had an advantage in car performance all these years so we see how good he is later in the career.”

“At the moment he is better than anyone and winning all the championships. But we saw also [Lewis] Hamilton starting in the first year nearly win the championship, in the second year winning the championship, but then he didn’t win any more because sometimes you have the car to do it, sometimes not. And at the moment Red Bull [and] Vettel are a very good combination and too good for us.”

Next year Alonso will be partnered at Ferrari by Kimi Raikkonen, who will take Felipe Massa’s place in the team. Alonso doesn’t expect a difference in performance between the two.

“For next year with Kimi I think we can do a very good championship for Ferrari, try to do again score as many points as possible,” he said.

“But I think in terms of speed Felipe’s not any slower. I mean when they were racing together Felipe was as quick as Kimi in a way so if we have a competitive car we will enjoy the season and we will do very good things.

“If we are not competitive car it will be very similar to this season, I think.”

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172 comments on Alonso: We’ll see how good Vettel is later in his career – and Raikkonen’s no faster than Massa

  1. TheBass (@) said on 10th October 2013, 23:17

    After reading the declarations in Spanish, I’m amazed by how manipulated they feel in the English press.

    • DaveF1 (@davef1) said on 10th October 2013, 23:25

      Very true. Seems like after all these years English press are still out to get Alonso even though he’s now seemingly best buddies with their golden boy Lewis.

      Maybe some of the English speaking reporters should hire better translators…

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 11th October 2013, 4:08

      @silence @davef1 None of the quotes from Alonso above are translations, they are verbatim quotes he gave in English yesterday.

      Maybe some people should get their facts right before jumping to conclusions.

  2. iAltair (@ialtair) said on 11th October 2013, 0:01

    With all the verbal going on with Alonso, Raikkonen and Massa, why do I feel that Vettel is going to be a 5x consecutive Word Champion next year? He just probably going to let his drives do the talking.

  3. mark b (@mark-b) said on 11th October 2013, 0:18

    Alonso was being nice to Massa. Get over it. VET drives the best car. He seems to have better luck than WEB. He makes no mistakes. It would be awesome to see him teamed with one of the other champs – ALO, HAM, BUT or RAI. Same car, equal treatment.

  4. Dane (@n0b0dy100) said on 11th October 2013, 3:53

    Massa beats Kimi one season and he’s forever Kimi’s equal? I don’t hear people saying the same about Jensen and Lewis after 2011. I’d be willing to bet Kimi’s picked up more silverware than Massa in the last 5 years even with Iceman being out of the sport.

    I think Nando’s got a surprise coming next year.

  5. Jono (@me262) said on 11th October 2013, 5:58

    @david-a can you be more specific on these fundamentals of sport you speak of?

    • David-A (@david-a) said on 11th October 2013, 6:41

      @me262 – Oh, I dunno, maybe the way you seem to miss that these guys are out to win, not finish second.

      • David-A (@david-a) said on 11th October 2013, 6:43

        what has vettel done to be on equal footing with alonso ham & kimi?

        Beaten them. Oh wait, that even puts him above them.

        • Jono (@me262) said on 11th October 2013, 6:51

          @david-a thats right sherlock, thats what the history books will say. tell me, how many championships do you think master schumacher would have/could have/should have won had he stayed at benneton in 96? 12? do you think vettel has learned from that and will milk redbull for as long as he can muster so he can top schumacher? and one more question: if vettel beats schumachers records, does that automatically make him better than schumacher? o_O

          • David-A (@david-a) said on 11th October 2013, 7:18

            @me262

            how many championships do you think master schumacher would have/could have/should have won had he stayed at benneton in 96?

            Too many variables (“ifs and buts”) to consider. He “could’ve” have won more if Benetton remained strong post 1995 (with both him and the staff behind him that went to Ferrari), and if Ferrari had been somehow strong straight from when he joined them, rather than needing a few years to become formidable.

            do you think vettel has learned from that and will milk redbull for as long as he can muster so he can top schumacher?

            Considering that it’s impossible to tell exactly how many Schumi “should’ve” won, I see no reason for Vettel to be put off by Schumacher not winning the title from 1996-1999. It paid off well enough for MS, didn’t it?

            if vettel beats schumachers records, does that automatically make him better than schumacher?

            The biggest variable is that they are from different eras (barring Schumacher’s 2010-12 return), so the competition from both other drivers and teams being so different muddies up whether that can be determined. As it is, Vettel is this generation’s standout, like Schumi was, having been undefeated so long. It’s less “what has vettel done to be on equal footing with alonso ham & kimi?” and more “what has alonso ham and kimi done to be on equal footing with vettel?”.

      • Jono (@me262) said on 11th October 2013, 6:47

        something tells me your a schumacher fan

  6. Deana (@sammy) said on 11th October 2013, 9:26

    Pathetic comments from Alonso. Vettel is already far greater than him, and Kimi is definitely better than Massa.

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