Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso has admitted his 2013 season was far from his finest in the sport.
Despite finishing second in the Drivers Championship, Alonso only won twice this year and his relationship with the Italian team seems to be steadily worsening after a difficult second half of the season.
Despite his frustrations he was still named the best driver of the year by his fellow racers according a survey done by Spain’s AS newspaper compiled at the final race in Brazil.
“It’s always good to know that you are recognised by your peers,” Alonso responded when told of the accolade, “but I think 2012 was the best in my career.
“This season, there were times when I did not do well enough, such as when I could have had a little more performance, or when I made a mistake like in Malaysia.
“These are things that cannot be repeated next year,” he insisted. “We must look to have a year of perfection, like 2012.
“What matters is that you are comfortable with yourself, but there are things that will be improved 2013 to 2014,” added Alonso.
The 32-year-old has been the topic of speculation as some suggest the arrival of Kimi Raikkonen and a more difficult relationship with Ferrari may see him leave the team if the struggles continue in 2014.
All the stories link the two-time champion with a return to McLaren for the new Honda partnership at the Woking based team.
Despite the controversy Alonso created at McLaren when racing alongside Lewis Hamilton in 2007, it appears then team boss and now group chairman Ron Dennis would welcome the Spaniard back.
Asked about the rumours Alonso remained defiant: ”You cannot comment on everything you read every day,” he said, “or you would need someone working for you who only does that.”
He continued saying he was happy at Ferrari and excited ahead of the new V6 era.
“Maybe some have done well in choosing Red Bull in recent years,” he said, “but the safest option for any professional driver is to choose Ferrari.
“They said we (Ferrari) went wrong this year, but just look at Williams or McLaren,” added Alonso.
Alonso’s confidence in Ferrari also seems to be shared by President Luca di Montezemolo as the Italian claimed the new technical chief at the team, Briton James Allison, was the best man in the post since Ross Brawn who oversw the dominant Schumacher years.
“Since Ross Brawn left us, Ferrari did not have a really good technical director,” Di Montezemolo told Finland’s Turun Sanomat.
“Now we have one,” he added. “Allison is very good.”
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