Over the 2014 Formula One season Fernando Alonso showed his pure excellence as he stepped into arguably the worst Ferrari car ever made.
He handled and continually pushed the F14 T to its limits, getting the best out of it throughout the season, manipulating it through takeovers and creating some fantastic battles.
Alonso managed to finish sixth in the driver's standings, and contributed the lion's share to help Ferrari to an amazing fourth place in the constructors championship, ahead of McLaren and Force India.
Compared to Kimi Raikkonen, who finished 12th in the standings with just 55 points, it shows how great of a driver Alonso was last season.
With this said, Alonso creates a strong contention for driver of the season, alongside championship winner Lewis Hamilton. While Hamilton drove an outstanding season, with some excellent wins–Silverstone and Bahrain to name just two–he also made his errors and had a number of poor qualifying sessions.
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In comparison, Alonso was quick and consistent throughout the season, with one of the poorer cars on the grid, and challenged the likes of Red Bull and McLaren on a number of occasions.
Last season, he finished in the points in every race he finished, retiring just twice throughout the campaign.
Being a double world champion, there is no question that he has the experience, ability and intelligence to drive and bring home another championship title, given a winning car of course.
His handling of the F14 T alone proves what a strong driver he is, who knows what he could’ve achieved if he had driven Hamilton’s or Nico Rosberg’s car last season.
Without a doubt, Alonso had shown he was one of the top drivers on the grid of the 2014 season, only adding to his already fantastic legacy in Formula One.
He will be a close one to watch in the upcoming season and I fully expect the Spaniard to have another successful season at his new team McLaren Honda this coming year.