Former Formula 1 driver Mark Webber has called Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso “the most complete single-seater driver in the world”, heaping praise on the Spaniard in a feature for Red Bull.
Webber was given the challenge of putting together his dream Formula 1 team for redbull.com, having driven for the brand between 2007 and 2013 before retiring at the end of last season.
He has since gone on to join Porsche in the FIA World Endurance Championship, racing for its LMP1 team, but is still in the F1 paddock from time to time when working as a pundit for British TV.
When asked to pick his drivers for his ‘dream team’, Webber was quick to praise Alonso.
“What a blend of experience and awesome talent,” the Australian said. “A man I’ve raced hard against in F3000 and F1, and another driver of exceptional ability that I co-manage.
“Fernando is the most complete single-seater driver in the world. He has amazing versatility and has proved himself over several sets of regulations. Considering how hard he races, he also produces the fewest mistakes by far.”
Alonso has won the Formula 1 world championship twice, going back-to-back in 2005 and 2006 with Renault. Since then, he has raced for both McLaren and Ferrari without meeting the same kind of success, although he has finished as runner-up on three occasions.
The Spaniard is expected to leave Ferrari at the end of the season, with McLaren the most probable destination, although he did today deny that he has been given a deadline by the British team to make a decision.
Interestingly, Webber picked GP2 driver Mitch Evans to be Alonso’s teammate, saying: “He’s had an exceptional junior career, is incredibly fast, Alonso-esque in racing situations and more capable than most to go toe-to-toe at the pointy end.”
This weekend’s race in Brazil marks a year since Webber’s retirement from F1 after finishing on the podium at Interlagos behind teammate Sebastian Vettel.