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By Geo f1
#348362
Formula 1 reached its peak in the 2000s and the era of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost would be considered boring now, reckons Fernando Alonso.

The two-time world champion believes the 1980s title battles are viewed over-generously with hindsight.

A stern critic of F1's recent direction, Alonso reckons many of the 2014-16 regulations' problems also compromised what many consider as the championship's halcyon period.

"Formula 1 at that time, it was very boring," he said of the Senna/Prost era.

"If you see a race now from '85, '88 or '92, you will sleep through the race, because it was two McLarens, the fourth guy was lapped and there was 25 seconds between each car. There were 10 cars not finishing because the reliability was so-so.

"Television figures, spectators are going down [now], like it was in these boring years in the '80s where Senna, Prost and these people were saving fuel, saving tyres and things like that."

By contrast, he rates the manufacturer boom of the 2000s as F1's high point. "I think Formula 1 grew up a lot," Alonso said of that period.

"A lot of manufacturers came into Formula 1 in the 2000s - BMW, Toyota, and there were many people coming. Television figures and the spectators were at the maximum.

"We opened Formula 1 to new countries - we raced in Korea, we raced in India, we raced in Singapore, two races in Spain - and that was the maximum.

"And we didn't understand that situation, probably. The costs were very high, technology was very high, some manufacturers pulled out."

Alonso also believes it is common for drivers to be reassessed more favourably after they retire. "When you stop racing you transform into an idol, when you are racing you are criticised," he said.

"When you stop racing you are fantastic, it happened with Felipe [Massa], with [Mark] Webber.

"The people of the '80s - they're great champions, they are idols. And now in this generation [Lewis] Hamilton, [Sebastian] Vettel, they will be idols for the kids in go-karts now."

He added that his frustration with recent F1 regulations was that the performance available from the technology could not be fully exploited.

"The resources, the budgets of these teams, the technology we are using allows these cars to be fantastic machines and probably beyond any physics that the human being respects," said Alonso.

"Now we don't have that feeling. We have a car that is way too slow with no grip. So we are sitting in a single-seater but with the feeling of a GT."

But Alonso remains optimistic that the increased performance of the 2017 designs - which are intended to lap four-to-five seconds faster due to improved aerodynamics - will make F1 more to his taste.

"I think this will make that excitement of driving and this joy of driving, because we'll feel the grip and we can push in the corners," he said.

Autosport / Matt Beer, Ian Parkes
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By Geo f1
#352506 Some will have you believe that Fernando Alonso’s F1 title tally would be far higher than two, had he only chosen the right teams at the right time. But to be fair, narrowing multiple options down to one selection can be tricky. Here’s how the Spaniard fared in our ‘life choice’ challenge…

If you could pick just one meal to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Fernando Alonso: Pizza. :eat:

If you could pick just one pizza topping what would it be?

FA: For sure not Margherita - that is something for Sebastian* (Vettel)! (Laughs) I like it with Spanish ham.


If you could pick just one holiday destination…

FA: The Maldives.

If you could pick just one track to race on…

FA: Suzuka.

If you could pick just one road car to drive…

FA: The McLaren P1.

If you could pick just one race car to drive…

FA: McLaren MP4/4. :metalo:

If you could pick just one video game to play…

FA: I play a lot of football games. Probably it would be FIFA.

If you could pick just one colour to wear…

FA: Black.

If you could pick just one sport to play…

FA: Basketball.


If you could pick just one song to listen to…

FA: ‘Have a nice day’ by Bon Jovi.

If you could pick just one thing to drink…

FA: Apple juice.

If you could pick just one book to read…

FA: ‘Open’ by Andre Agassi.

If you could pick just one city to live in…

FA: Oviedo, my hometown.

If you could pick just one movie to watch…

FA: It would be a comedy…

If you could pick just one person to live with…

FA: That is work in progress. :omg: :omg:

If you could pick just one team mate…

FA: I would repeat one: Giancarlo Fisichella.


If you could pick just one fruit to eat…

FA: Banana. :roll:

If you could pick just one vegetable to eat…

FA: Courgette.

If you could pick just one mode of transport to use…

FA: Train. I like to use trains. Everywhere that I can, I take trains.

If you could pick just one gadget to own…

FA: iPhone. :shifty:

If you could pick just one F1 corner to drive…

FA: Eau Rouge.

If you could pick just one age to be…

FA: 23 or 24. From then on it is only going downhill! (laughs)

If you could pick just one F1 era to race in…

FA: The 90s.

If you could pick just one band or singer to listen to…

FA: Bon Jovi.

If you could pick just one piece of exercise equipment to train with…

FA: Bicycle.

If you could pick just one thing to collect…

FA: If I were to collect something it would probably be watches. :iconcool:

If you could wear just one type of shoe to wear…

FA: Sneakers. :inlove:

If you could pick just one type of chocolate or candy to snack on…

FA: Lollipop. Bussou

If you could pick just one memory from your racing career to keep…

FA: Brazil 2006, when I won the championship again.

If you could pick just one other motorsport to watch…

FA: MotoGP - that I really like to watch.

If you could pick just one person to date…

FA: I need to think that over very carefully, otherwise it will be all over in the Spanish papers! Probably Charlize Theron.


* Sebastian Vettel named his 2016 Ferrari F1 car 'Margherita'

:inlove:
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By Corto Maltese
#352908 Mπανάνα πίσω και κολοκυθάκι μπροστά. Και ο τζιοκτωεφταφταφτα δε βγαίνει στο τηλέφωνο :rtfm: Bon Jovi ffs :slap:
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By EDDIE_147
#352919 Με τη Σαρλίζ τι ακριβώς θα ήθελε να κάνει;
Να τον πάει για άτα στις κούνιες;
:hmmm: :hmmm: :hmmm:
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By g8777
#352933
Corto Maltese έγραψε:Mπανάνα πίσω και κολοκυθάκι μπροστά. Και ο τζιοκτωεφταφταφτα δε βγαίνει στο τηλέφωνο :rtfm: Bon Jovi ffs :slap:



If you could pick just one book to read…

FA: ‘Open’ by Andre Agassi.


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Θα χε πλακα να μην ηταν σαμπανια αλλα αρμυρα. :omg: