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Alonso as good as Senna - Berger

ESPNF1 Staff
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Fernando Alonso is close to joining the all-time greats of the sport © Getty Images

Fernando Alonso can be mentioned in the same breath as Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher according to former Formula One driver Gerhard Berger.

Coming from Berger, who was Senna's team-mate and great friend, it is high praise indeed.

"There are sometimes those special drivers: Ayrton Senna was one, Michael Schumacher was one, and Alonso is one," Berger told Austria'a Servus TV.

Schumacher won the first two of his seven world titles in a Benetton that was arguably inferior to the Williams driven by arch-rival Damon Hill. Similarly, Alonso won his two world titles in 2005 and 2006 in a Renault that many regarded as not the quickest car in the field.

And although Senna enjoyed superior equipment to his rivals in 1988 and 1990, he did well to hold off Nigel Mansell's Williams in 1991 and was able to win races in 1992 and 1993 despite the dominance of the Grove team. for Berger, this is the difference between the good and the great.

"They are drivers who can win world championships without having the absolute best car."

Should Alonso go on to win the drivers' title in 2010, he will join Senna, Schumacher and an elite band of drivers to have won three or more world titles. What is more, he will be the youngest driver achieve the feat.