F1 » Lauda: Alonso the best, Vettel still needs to mature

As a man who knows what it takes to win the F1 World Championship from his three successes in 1975, 1977 and 1984, Niki Lauda is well-placed to offer his verdict on the current protagonists doing battle for title glory in the top flight...

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September 14, 2010 11:53 AM
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he talks a lot, and every now and then he talks good sense, hamilton made more and bigger mistakes during his second season than he did during his first, and won the title in spite of them

Green Monster - Unregistered

September 14, 2010 12:05 PM

Wish the people in the paddock would take their tinted glasses off, Coulthard always supports Red Bull i.e. Webber running into Heikki at Valencia. Now Lauda 'Alonso is the best'??? Surely if he was the best he would be leading the championship!

Still Hamilton 4 Champ 2010

mikey - Unregistered

September 14, 2010 12:35 PM

Green Monster
like your dreams
Lewis only won in 2008 because he was racing Massa, and who is massa really
Button won with the car ion 2009
and if anyone is going to win it is Webber also down to the car
the only driver in the top five in the standings is Alonso
and bite the crape that the TV talk about the Ferrari being second quickest
when to be fair Alonso is out dfriving the thing and thats why his now sitting in third
and why he has a good chance of winning the WDC

Anon - Unregistered

September 14, 2010 12:46 PM

They ALL win with the car. It is very rare for the second best car (quality judged on average over the course of a season) to win the driver's championship. The difference between Hamilton, Alonso, Button, et. al. is a hair's breadth - Hamilton is probably a little bit quicker than than Button (but as we've seen not by as much as a lot of people thought!), Alonso than Massa and so forth. Remember, even Mansell and Damon Hill won WDCs. There's no evidence that Alonso is either quicker or slower than Hamilton, though. They're about the same.

All this maundering about drivers is really about personality and is mostly foolish. There are a few folks that crop up who are noticeably quicker (Senna comes to mind), but I don't know that any of them are driving right now.

Inadequate Little Cheat - Unregistered

September 14, 2010 12:46 PM

How come Alonso gets beaten so much by Massa then ? Schumi did get occasionally beaten by teammates, but never so much as Alonso is in 2010.

Likewise, Alonso has made far too many Rookie type mistakes this year, trying to excuse it with the pressure at Maranello hardly helps those "most complete driver" boasts now does it.

Alonso is overrated and a snide cheat, no matter what Lauda says, or how many Spanish journalists try to big him up.

Dan - Unregistered

September 14, 2010 12:58 PM

Alonso is the best?

Is that why he ran away from McLaren with his tail between his legs because he got hung up on the washing line by a rookie?

Lauda's comments change with the wind.

Tealeaf - Unregistered

September 14, 2010 1:09 PM

Massa beating alonso often? Not a chance, whenever massa's been ahead there's been some problem on alonso's part and not the pace of alonso that's in question, for example in china the jump start caused alonso to have the pit incident with massa and in Germany it was vettel's poor start and blocking FA that led massa to lead. In term of performance this year alonso's very close to Schumacher of 2006 which I have to say already showed signs of decline by the master, it wasn't schuey's prime and he was still slightly better than alonso of today, both in their prime? Then there's no contest, a schuey of 1995-2002 would eat alonso for breakfast, add Hamilton and vettel for the main course.


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