Former Team Boss Names the Key F1 Trait Shared by Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher

Published 02/23/2021, 3:15 AM EST
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JULY 05: Fernando Alonso of Spain and McLaren F1 arrives at the circuit during previews ahead of the Formula One Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone in Northampton, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)


Fernando Alonso is making a comeback to the F1 grid after two years. Having worked with Michael Schumacher at Benetton, Flavio Briatore, Alonso’s guide, believes that there are a lot of common traits between Alonso and the German legend.

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Briatore talked about the similarities between the two and what makes them stand out from the rest of the grid.

“When you have the talent, it’s the same with Schumi.

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“The talent is something very special because all the drivers in Formula 1 are quick. The line to be a superstar good driver is very thin. Fernando and Schumi, whenever you put in the computer, you know, doing the simulation with the race.”

“Fernando was doing the same time.

“The preparation for the race with Fernando and Schumi is that the computer tells you what’s going on. The consistency in their lap time was very impressive by Schumi and by Fernando,” he explained.

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JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN – MARCH 03: Michael Schumacher of Germany and team Ferrari visits Formula 1 testing on March 3, 2009 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Andy Hone/Getty Images)

“Their motivation was the same. Schumi made everybody go to the gym. Michael was forever in the gym and when Michael was finishing the race, [he] was not sweating. Fernando as well,” Briatore recalled.

Alonso met with an unfortunate accident while cycling earlier this month. This led to uncertainty over the former champion’s much-awaited comeback, with fans questioning if he’d recover in time for the season. However, he has since been discharged and is back to training.

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Do you see any similarities between Schumacher and Alonso? What is your opinion on Briatore’s comments?

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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