“You Have To Respect Michael Differently”: Fernando Alonso Relives His Battles With Schumacher

Published 08/19/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 1, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Fernando Alonso won the world championship in 2005 and 2006. He got into Formula One in 2001 when he debuted with Minardi. Furthermore, he battled against arguably the greatest driver of all time, Michael Schumacher, to win his titles.

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Alonso believes Schumacher holds a special place in the history of motorsport and no one can match him. The Spaniard states that his championship wins were made extra special as he beat Michael Schumacher when it mattered the most.

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As reported by Planetf1, the two-time world champion believes that Schumacher deserves a different kind of respect than other drivers. He also mentioned he learned a lot from the 7-time world champion when he first entered the sport.

“Michael is a legend of the sport,” said the Alpine driver.

Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria – June 24, 2021, Alpine’s Fernando Alonso during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna

“I learned a lot from him in 2001 through to 2004 and then in 2005 and 2006, I was fighting side by side and wheel to wheel with Michael. You have to respect in a different way Michael than any other driver.

Those kinds of moments and shaking hands, things like that, they were a moment of relief because we were fighting hard on the track, but there was still a human behind that red helmet.” said Alonso.

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Alonso mentioned he was over the moon when he won his first championship in 2005 but did not celebrate the achievement for long. He stated that soon after winning the title; he was already looking ahead to the next race.

“It’s one of those moments that you reach the target of your life,” Alonso said.

Formula One F1 – Formula One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021, Alpine’s Fernando Alonso walks the circuit with his team ahead of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

“I was 24, 25 years old so you cannot be more happy, proud and it seems there is no more after that you can wish for. [But] you are wrong because immediately at the next race there is another target, another wish and you are thinking something different.

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But at that time, that hour or hour-and-a-half of celebration, you are over the moon.” said the Spanish driver.

He came close to winning his third title in 2010 and 2012 but failed. Fans are waiting to see what the remainder of the ongoing season has to offer for the drivers on the grid. The ageing star in Alonso still believes he has a lot left in the tank and can pull off yet another incredible title win before it’s all said and done.

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Can Alonso ever win another title? Let us know.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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