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Schumacher biggest threat, says Alonso

Fernando Alonso has revealed that he thinks Michael Schumacher could be a real contender in 2011.
Fernando Alonso has predicted that Michael Schumacher could be his most 'dangerous' rival this year in the battle for the F1 2011 drivers' title.

Alonso, who had to settle for the runners-up spot last season in the drivers' championship, after a nightmare final race in Abu Dhabi, warned that the German should never be written off, even if he did struggle on his return with Mercedes in 2010, following a three-year period in 'retirement'.

"There will be five world champions on the track [this season] and the most dangerous champion for me is always Michael," Alonso told journalists at the traditional joint Ferrari/Ducati 'Wrooom' media launch at the Madonna di Campiglio ski resort in the Italian Dolomites.

"[So] now in January if I have to choose one name I have to say Michael [is my main worry]. He is seven-times champion. He has nothing to prove.

“He had a difficult season [in 2010] but he is still a champion. He is still super class and if the car is right he will be a contender."

Alonso also added that he expects Sebastian Vettel to step it up a gear now he has won the title: "No doubt Sebastian will be a contender [too]. He will have experience and will be calm in certain moments,” Alonso continued. “He will drive better than last year and that makes him dangerous to us.

“McLaren will also be one of the favourites. Hopefully [though] our car is better than the others and my toughest rival this year is Felipe [Massa – my team-mate]."

Meanwhile, Alonso noted that the disappointment of missing out in 2010 will just make the Scuderia even more determined this season.

"When you succeed the emotions, feelings don't make you think of the general view of what happened. When you don't succeed, you look into the details,” he concluded.

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jess - Unregistered

January 13, 2011 4:41 PM

What I don't understand is the fact that people commenting here, always need to come up with other things that have no link or whatever, to what's been written in the article. It's an obsession really! The Hamilton groupies on here seem to have a big obsession with this man, he drives them crazy. (without them noticing clearly) I'm not a big fan of the guy, this is just my observation. Finally on-topic: YES Schumi/Merc will be stronger in 2011 and Yes Alonso is very good at giving pc's

well well - Unregistered

January 13, 2011 4:32 PM

I think some people take this way too seriously. Yes we all know Schumacher and Merc will be strong in 2011. But Alonso has just said this to avoid calling other names and creating more fuss. Journalists always want to create some controversy and are only there for the hot statements. What do you want him to say? Imagine if he said, 'Vettel and Hamilton will be my main rivals in 2011' A few hours later we will get headlines like: 'Alonso said Button, Webber and his own tm Massa won't stand a chance against him' or something like that...

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