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commentator and presenter Martin Brundle says that there is no question who his F1 hero of the 2012 season is, with 11 races gone and nine still to run.
"It must be Alonso," Brundle told The Sun
newspaper this weekend. "Against all odds, and without a team-mate helping him out, and not having a fast car on the track, somehow he keeps coming through and winning races."
Fernando Alonso's performance has certainly startled the media pundits, many of whom had written off Ferrari's chances of competing for wins in 2012 before the season even got underway.
Now, Alonso has an impressive 40pts lead over Red Bull's Mark Webber in the drivers' championship after three wins so far this season at Malaysia, Valencia and Germany. But by contrast, Ferrari are only in fourth place in the constructors' title race because of Felipe Massa's slump in form in the early races of the year.
Brundle didn't nominate Massa as his corresponding "zero" to Alonso's "hero", however. While he refused to be so unkind to any of the current drivers in F1, there was clearly one multiple former world champion that was at the front of his thoughts when questioned.
“I don't like that sort of thing because I know how hard being an F1 driver is," said Brundle, who raced for Benetton, Jordan, Williams and McLaren in his own time in the sport that encompassed 158 Grand Prix starts over a period of 13 years. "[But] Michael Schumacher has had a pretty grim year.
"Michael has had a lot of bad luck and a few bad judgment calls," he explained, before adding: “He has had the most unreliable car as well, so that has not been good for him."
Brundle was speaking at a publicity event ahead of this weekend's FIA World Endurance Championship sportscar race at Silverstone, which saw him pair up once again with his son Alex in the Greaves Motorsport LMP2 Zytek-Nissan, along with Spanish racecar driver Lucas Ordoñez.
The trio finished the six hour race in 12th place overall, and fifth in class. The Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoit Tréluyer came in first place overall.