Fernando Alonso: “I don’t think I am good at politics…”

Fernando Alonso has responded to criticism from Red Bull boss Helmut Marko, who recently suggested that the Spaniard lost last year’s title because he was “too busy with politics.”

Alonso doesn’t have much time for that theory.

“I don’t think I am good at politics, I just drive the car,” he said in Italy today. “Some recent remarks have surprised me, but I can’t see the sense in them. Some say they don’t read them, don’t hear them and don’t see them, before adding that they are not influenced by them. So clearly they do read them, maybe at night…”

Alonso has consistently said that Lewis Hamilton, rather than triple champion Sebastian Vettel, is the driver he fears most.

“Why do I say Hamilton is the strongest? Because it’s what I think, it’s my personal opinion and there is nothing political in that. Lewis has always won races ever since he has been in Formula 1, even in years like 2009, when he had started the season with a car that was two seconds off the quickest. When you look at what happens on track, you are well aware of what he is doing, that’s a fact. Last year, Rosberg won in China, therefore I expect that this year, Lewis in a Mercedes can win more than one race.

“I did not say that Vettel was not the strongest or that he did not deserve his three titles. There have been periods, like in 2011, when his performance level was fantastic and he was definitely the best. As of today, it’s impossible to say who will be our strongest rivals in 2013.

“Who will have the best car, who will have done the best job of preparation and had the best development, who will be the luckiest – there are so many factors which go to make the strongest combination of driver and team.”

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