• Dec 29th 2008 at 6:28PM
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According to Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport, Fernando Alonso is the best driver in Formula 1 and would have won the 2008 championship had he been driving a Ferrari. If that sounds like a major slap in the face to current Ferrari drivers Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen, it is. Lewis Hamilton, the man who actually did managed to win last year's title, was voted as the second best driver.

It seems worth mentioning that this vote came shortly after the recently rumored secret contract between Alonso and the Prancing Horse. Regardless, the Italian rag does correctly point out that Alonso finished the season in an impressive fashion, scoring more points than any other driver in the series despite being handicapped by equipment that wasn't up to par with the best from Ferrari, McLaren and BMW.

[Source: World Car Fans | Photo: Vladimir Rys/Getty]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Alonso won one race (Singapore) on sheer luck after the Ferrari pit crew cost Massa the race. He again lucked out in Japan after inheriting the lead following the questionable penalty handed to Hamilton for the turn one incident. Prior to that, his highest finish was fourth... I'm the first to admit that he's a phenomenal driver, but the best of '08? What the hell are they smoking? Massa was by far the most consistent driver. He got off to a shaky start, and his pit crew and the Ferrari engine let him down on quite a few occasions. Despite his bad luck and Ferrari reliability issues, the stats speak for themselves:

      1. Six pole positions.
      2. Six race wins.
      3. Qualified in the top three a total of 13 times.
      4. Finished on the podium a total of 10 times.

      I'm a Lewis Hamilton fan, but Felipe Massa was by far the best driver of the '08 season.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ur sayin that massa was the best driver, but u can't forget that he is drivin a Ferrari! Alonso was only drivin a renault, a fairly poor car at the start of the year but he worked with the team and actually tried and he gt 2 wins for his troubles!! Yes they may have been fairly lucky wins but winning is winning no matter what!! And havin won in a poor car makes it all the better
        • 6 Years Ago
        Alonso didn't 'luck out' in either of his wins, if you watched more f1 you would understand what a racing incident is. In singapore, he pulled a 6-7 second lead on rosberg in 2 laps after the last restart, and nico raced phenomenally there. In japan he completely destroyed kubica, who raced as good as, or better, than kimi. And hamilton deserved the penalty in japan, he was far too stupid at the first corner, and took out both ferraris. He pulled a fisi, and that man never took home a championship. Watch some more f1, with comprehension, possibly youtube some old stuff so you don't come off as a total idiot in future posts.
        • 6 Years Ago
        LOL. I don't need to watch any more F1. I've been watching it religiously since the 80s, and I haven't missed a single race in the last 5 seasons. Alonso completely lucked out in both those races because if it weren't for other driver's misfortune, he would have never even seen the podium in either race.

        In Singapore, if Ferrari didn't have that snafu in the pits, Massa would have won... no question about it. It's not even a debate. In Japan, he qualified fourth, behind Hamilton, Kimi and Heikki respectively. Lewis' turn one move effectively took out all of the top three... he wouldn't have even gotten a whiff of the top step if it weren't for other drivers and team mistakes. If that isn't lucking out, I don't know what is.

        You need to go watch some YouTube and old clips to realize that inheriting race wins based on other drivers mistakes and misfortunes isn't anything to be ashamed of, but it is indeed blind luck... matter of fact, Alonso's second championship was won on a bit of luck too, after Schumacher suffered that puncture. Kiss Fernando Alonso's butt all you want, but it doesn't change that fact. Now shut the f*ck up so you don't come off as an a$$hole, AND and idiot in your future posts.
      • 6 Years Ago
      As a Hamilton fan and as someone who lost a lot of respect for Alonso for the way he acted in 2007, I would not dispute this.

      Alonso was consistently very impressive in a terrible car while the other top drivers all made quite a few stupid mistakes during the season.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I agree with the choice. Alonso may not be the most likable but he can drive. He was more focused than the other drivers.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Absolutely right - Alonso is the most gifted and complete driver in F1 - period. And as a British Alonsoist I can't wait for the new season to begin and watch him reclaim his crown from Hamilton.

      Hamilton made far more fundamental errors on his way to taking the WDC than any other victor in recent history - fact. Never mind the Glock 18 seconds conspiracy - how much did Glock get paid for doing that for the McLaren driver?



        • 6 Years Ago
        This revisionist history is interesting. Alonso and Hamilton in the same equipment in 2007--Alonso can't deal with the competition from his team mate. He bails out of McLaren after trying to blackmail them, puts himself into a team with the weakest rookie team mate that can be found.

        Meanwhile, the rookie Hamilton, who came within a whisker of winning the championship in '07 and closed the deal in '08 is said to be "mediocre" and "made more mistakes in getting the championship" and wasn't good in the rain? Huh?

        It was his second year--how many drivers have won the championship in their second year? As for rain, I remember Alonso falling off in the rain in Japan '07,
        and Hamilton taking everybody to school in the rain all season in '08.

        I have no love for McLaren, I'm a Ferrari fan and Massa is my favorite driver, but after Alonso's display of poor sportsmanship in '07, he will never be a champion to me again. Hamilton, Kimi and Massa are class acts. Then there's Alonso, ultra-competitive, but can't take the pressure of talented team mates.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Let me get this straight, Lewis Hamilton, won races and after lossing the World Championship last year, finally wins his first F1 World championship and yet Alonso, who didn't do all that much in 2008, besides win one or two races and ran his mouth wins Best F1 Driver of 2008, what a joke.

      Oh yeah, second, why would Ferrari want to waste their time (rumored) signing with a big mouth - Fernando Alonso? Didn't we hear this rumor last season too? Next...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hamilton had the fastest and most reliable machine on the grid and *STILL* couldn't sew up the championship until the last race.

      Ol' Lewis is easily the most over-rated driver since Montoya.

      Good on Alonso - he's not my favorite person on the grid, but he made an inferior machine look competitive and drove well beyond my expectations during the last Three-quarters of the season.

      Alonso drove with passion - Hamilton was barely above mediocre in the best car on the grid.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah... Lewis was just a joke in those rain soaked GP's... WTF are you babbling about? If McLaren is the "best car on the grid", then will Ron Dennis & company be looking for a stronger #2 driver?

        Heikki Kovalainen did not exactly maximize the "best car on the grid". If this car was so clearly dominant then McLaren would have had a helluva lot more 1-2 finishes this year.
        FENNIX
        • 6 Years Ago
        MASSA & ALONSO menza/menza can you imagine the two of them on Ferarri's team, sad tho that Massa will be told to step aside, just like several times this past yr to the 'ICE MAN' Agree Silverstone was a huge stone in Massa's shoe, yet when he got rid of it, off he went, funny you could see Ferarri telling Massa slow down, let 'ICE MAN' threw! That's had me angry at Ferarri for a long time! CAN U IMAGINE, hay MASSA slow down let ALONSO threw! We pay him more! But all fairness ALSONO should be & should of been the best driver since Senna! M.Shoey would cut Alonso off on the track, so many unfair moves, yet ALONSO would shake him off, Hamilton does not stand a chance against ALSONO in rite car, rite team and rain! BUT then again there's MASSA!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Knee Boy ur WRONG! I went to 5 races this year & 5 last year in Europe & Canada Hamilton finished ahead of Alonso due in part to total points he lost by 1 pt to Kimi, & he was a rookie in a new car & gave Alonso the hardest time he ever had in f1 remember your number 1 guy Schumi even said Alonso does not do well with a team mate that is on par with him, why do you think we he went to Renault that Kov was pushed out & Neslon Jr was put in. Alonso is in the top 3 with Hamilton & Kimi(when he races lolo ) but he's not that much better than Ham or Kimi like you make him out to be. Dont be a hater because that kid (Hamilton) is shinning now & no its not the damn car. Put Jenson in Hamilton's car would you say Jenson Button would've won the title ?? I see these drivers up close & during the race for the pole you can tell who the best drivers are, when OTHER drivers stop what ever they are doing to see Hamilton go for the pole. Ive been going to races since my dad took me to Watkins Glen back in the 70s when I was kid & I've only seen other drivers watch in awe & that was for Senna, Schumi & this one was a shock & he should have been a great one but blew it Juan Montoya ... So in closing all are great drivers but this year Hamilton won maybe next year it could be Alonso & one more point Sir Jackie Stewart said it best " You don't leave a great car & great team just because things get tuff!" Senna raced with Prost when their team wan every race back in the late 80s & they took each other out during a race as team mates!! & that's my point they stayed team mates not crying & leaving like a punk !!
      • 6 Years Ago
      OK, when's April Fools Day in Italy?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nothing to say, except have a safe new year and don't drive too drunk.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd have to agree that Alonso was the best driver in F1 for '08. I do find it ironic because, as a non-title contender, he took fewer risks and drove more consistently than the heavy hitters who had a legitimate shot at the title over the course of the season. It would have been so easy for him to drive with more reckless abandon.

      As for what happened to Alonso in 2007.....if I took a job and my employer promised me certain things (i.e. #1 status, priority in fuels loads, etc.), and then didn't deliver on those promises, then I'd be pissed too. I'm not saying that's what happened, but if it is the case, then McLaren deserved to have it all blow up in their face. They have a track record of not handling their drivers well, so I'm inclined to believe that Alonso is not entirely to blame for what eventually happened.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The 2007 season I watched showed a rookie driver have his way with a two time champion and that champion was unable to cope with that fact.

        Alonso, like Senna, are great team mates--as long as their team mates aren't great.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Of course Alonso is the best driver. We all saw how he embarrassed Hamilton when they had the same equipment in 2007.........oh, wait..........
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why him? Why not me? Although I did not participate and drove a Dodge Caravan below the speed limit all year around, I am sure I am the best driver out there, if, of course, I had been driving a Ferrari.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I drove at speeds that defied gravity, police, and the humble beginnings of my vehicle, all without notice.

        Give me a Spanish heritage and the Spanish press will also award me driver of the year.

        I'm guessing if he was best, he would have won. Dont blame it on the car. If you were all that, you'd be in a better car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Alonso won races in a RENAULT. Think of it as him driving your Dodge Caravan against McLarens & Ferraris in those GPs... & he BEAT them.

        Your comparison is beyond retarded(& insulting to any professional driver). Alonso's skill should be recognized & praised... not compared to your unskilled (& uneventful) drives home with the rugrats.

        Having said that... Lewis Hamilton was the best F1 driver. The points & his WDC trophy say more than any Italian magazine ever could. Next!
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