Fernando Alonso is Formula 1’s “grand old man”. The 42-year-old is a two-time world champion, and has recently released a documentary on DAZN.
There he talks about his relationship with the legendary Michael Schumacher. The German was the sport’s big star when Alonso steered into the circus. It was Alonso who in 2005 ended Schumacher’s streak of five straight World Championship titles.
– Schumacher was always a tough guy on the racing track. He was very cold, kept his distance and tried to appear intimidating. He was a driver it was difficult to have a conversation with, Alonso explains in the documentary according to German Bild.
He goes on to say that Schumacher was someone who could give strange looks at breakfast and other occasions. He reveals that Schumacher became an inspiration. He observed both the driving and the behaviour.
– It was a rivalry, but also an inspiration. He was one of the toughest, if not the toughest rival I’ve had, but also a role model. It was special to find yourself in a position where you fought against him every Sunday, Alonso elaborates.
After Schumacher left Ferrari, he himself became part of the Ferrari team from 2010 to 2014.
Schumacher was in a serious skiing accident in 2013. He was in an artificial coma for a long time. Afterwards, there has been very little information about the state of health of the Formula 1 legend that has been shielded from the public.
He has a total of seven WC titles in Formula 1. A record that is shared with Lewis Hamilton. The Briton who on Thursday shook the motorsport world by announcing a switch from Mercedes to Ferrari from 2025.
The 2024 Formula 1 season starts on the first weekend of March in Bahrain. There, Alonso will drive for Aston Martin. He finished fourth in last year’s world championships.
The last few years have been dominated by Red Bull and Max Verstappen. The Dutchman has won three straight world championships. The last two in completely superior style.