Jaime Alguersuari has said he doesn't see any reason now why Fernando Alonso won't win the F1 2012 drivers' title.
The driver-turned-analyst has been bowled over by the form of his fellow countryman this year and with the Ferrari number one driver having taken three wins and built up a 40 point lead in the championship ahead of the F1 summer break, he reckons the die is now cast for Alonso to clinch his third drivers' crown.
“I have never seen a season from Alonso like this,” Alguersuari wrote in his latest column for BBC Sport
. “It has been hugely impressive. It's crazy to think that a guy whose car was so slow at the start of the season is leading the championship by 40 points - a win and a third place - with nine races to go.
“The Ferrari did not look that good in Hungary, but it is a very particular track. Yet even there, where they were struggling, Alonso managed to finish fifth, when he could easily have been eighth or ninth.
“That's what his season has been like - a bad result for him is a fifth place. All the other drivers would love to be able to have that.
“I think he will win the championship if he continues doing his job like this, and I don't see any reason why he won't. I see him really relaxed and under control. He never looks in a rush or anxious, like Sebastian Vettel was in the last two races, especially in Germany. Alonso never struggles to understand the tyres.
“He has full faith in the team and the car and in himself and that is exactly what you need to win titles.”
Alguersuari meanwhile admitted that he had discounted Ferrari almost completely following the team's troubled start to 2012.
“When they were so slow at the first race, I thought the season was already over for them. At that stage I thought it was going to be a season between McLaren and Mercedes and maybe Red Bull,” added the BBC Radio 5 Live
“But Ferrari have made so much progress. They have improved their downforce, their traction and their top speed.
“They still don't have the best package, but it's in the general ballpark, and they have a really good driver [in Alonso].”