Easy: 1998 was McLaren vs. Ferrari, the competition during the last years was much more intense.
Really? And, nevertheless, Alonso was much much closer to the championship in more than one of those "much-more-intense" seasons (2010, 2012) than Schumacher (e.g. in 1998).
It is hard to compare eras. And I get there is a argument based on Alonso making less mistakes and not getting tangled up with backmarkers and other cars as much as Senna did. But I still disagree.
Senna was just too fast for me to rate Alonso over him, and by 1991 Senna had a very high consistency level as he adapted when the best of 11 points system was dropped, and drove more carefully to get the most out the system. When he did not have a DNF/or race hindering Mechanical problems in 1991, Senna scored a podium in every race he started. His racecraft was superb, as Berger and Prost never finished more races ahead when both cars finished over a entire season, and I do not have to say anything about his qualifying I think.
Alonso is a great driver, maybe the best of his era, I am actually very 50/50 between Alonso and Schumi, and some will see I am being very generous to even consider Alonso close to Schumi. hence why LDM's comments are so very polarizing. But in relation to Senna, I think Alonso lacks a certain something in his outright speed to be classed as better than Senna, one was quicker in their era relative to the rest of the field than the other.
Oh, not to be misunderstood: I don't rate him above Senna. Probably no one is. He is "the man" (and that still underrates him). What I said was, that, after 2012, Alonso reached the zone where one can discuss, whether he is above or at least on par with Senna.
I am sorry, Schumacher's 1997-1998 seasons were on par with Alonso's 2012. You should watch 1997 all over again, espeically Spa 1998 where he was 2-3 seconds faster than anyone else.... In the wet. Before he crashed with DC, it would be even better Spain 1996.
There was a car/team which was clearly better than Ferrari, namely RedBull (which was the same in 1997 or 1998 from Ferrari's perspective... in those years the better cars were Williams-Renault 1997 and McLaren-Mercedes 1998 respectively). But in addition to that, in 2012, there were other teams (yes, team"S" not one team) which were, to put it mildy, also not really worse than Ferrari (namely McLaren and sometimes Lotus and sometimes even Mercedes). And in all of those mentioned other teams (McLaren, Lotus, Mercedes), there were sitting zillions of WDCs (4 out of those 6 cockpits were occupied by WDCs, to be accurate). And still look at Alonsos achievements in that year alone.
Not in 1,000 years were 1998 or 1997 nearly as impressive as Alonso's 2012.
In that case, let's say, apart from the team which was, in 1998, stronger than Ferrari (namely McLaren), Williams should've been additionally at least as strong as Ferrari in that year with both other champs of that time, Hill and Villeneuve, sitting in the Williams cars. That would be comparable to Alonso's 2012.
1992, I found his performances a tad overrated when I watch back, his first win was down to lucky timing more than anything, and Brundle was closer to Schumi than the stats show.
After sorting out his "problems" in the first four gp-weekends, Brundle was, in most of the remaining races, permanently only one, two or three seconds around Schumacher, may it a few seconds infront or behind him (Silverstone, Hockenheim, Monza). Also in those cases where one of them DNFd (Imola, Canada, Hungary). And even in Belgium up to that incident where Schumacher changed the strategy, Brundle was following him like a shadow, even in the rain.
Brundle is so underrated regarding Schumacher's teammates. I would even go that far to say that, up until N.Rosberg, Brundle was the best / strongest teammate Schumacher ever had who raced against him as a teammate, at least one full season.