From thef1times, Who were the top 10 drivers of 2011?.
2. Fernando Alonso (WDC: 4th, Best finish: 1st in Britain)
On paper 2011 may have looked like a very poor season for Alonso, but considering his equipment it could also be described as one of his greatest.
Overall the F150º Italia was only ever the third quickest car in the field. Therefore to be in with a realistic chance for second place in the driver’s championship at the final race was a very impressive achievement. Throughout the season he has constantly out-driven the car, extracting every last possible drop of performance out of it.
Valencia was one of the tracks where Red Bull was most dominant. Despite this, Alonso did brilliantly to split the pair of them in the race and finish second. Pushing Button and Hamilton hard for victory in Japan and Abu Dhabi respectively was also mighty, especially as the development had stopped on the car by that point.
The German GP was another fine drive, when despite the cool conditions (which were tough for Ferrari with their tyre warm-up issues) he nearly managed to win the race.
Alonso's sole win came at Silverstone (© Ferrari)
Albeit helped by a mistake in the Red Bull pit box, Alonso’s victory at Silverstone was one of the most emphatic we saw from anyone during the season. If it wasn’t for the red flag he may well have won the Monaco GP, as he was pushing Vettel very hard on much fresher tyres.
Alonso was also very strong at Spa, coming back from 8th to get involved in the fight for race victory. If it hadn’t have been for a badly timed safety car he may have won there too.
He finished on the podium ten times during the season. Teammate Felipe Massa’s best finish was only fifth. It may well have been that Massa’s showings demonstrated the true performance of the Ferrari, therefore showing just what an incredible job Alonso managed to do.
It may seem unfair that Jenson didn’t get second on this list. However it was the fact that Alonso put his car in places where it didn’t deserve to be so regularly in races this year, that puts him ahead of the Brit.
If he had managed to win a couple more races it might have been enough to just pip Vettel to the top spot.
It’s amazing how much Alonso has achieved in his career, considering he has never had a car that has consistently been the best in the field.
a very emphatic way to describe the season of alonso.
somehow i liked it.
the only problem what i got with this is the part regarding managing a couple of wins more.
he already described the circumstances and how alonso mastered it, and still he thinks that alonso could have done even more?
that is ridiculous.
nothing against vettel, but what vettel did, schumacher already made even better in maybe a less overall faster car than vettel had.
but what alonso achieved in that ferrari this season, is one of the greatest achievements in motorsport history.
someone called it (cant remember anymore who), something like a "unnoticed or anonymous masterpiece" and exactly that Alonso had made.
In the eyes of a casual vettel may have been more impressive, but in the eyes of a racing purist, alonsos achievement this year was not yet surpassed by any other driver in the history of motorracing.
thank you alonso for this masterpiece.
even if you win maybe 4-5 or more titles, 2011 will be the year i will always remember as the most outstanding performance of all time.
thanks god i have the whole seasons recorded.;)
@ kosmos: thank you for that article
Edited by YellowHelmet, 09 December 2011 - 13:39.