Emerson Fittipaldi has hit out at claims Fernando Alonso will not deserve the 2010 title if he wraps it up either in Brazil or next Sunday in Abu Dhabi.
The Spaniard is leading the world championship by 11 points, but some pundits see 7 of those points as ill-gotten due to the Hockenheim team orders affair.
But Brazilian Fittipaldi, a double world champion like Alonso, insists the Ferrari driver will fully deserve his 2010 spoils.
"If he wins it will be because he is the best," the 63-year-old said at Interlagos.
"There have always been team games that are played," he told the Spanish sports newspaper Marca.
"I see Alonso as the best driver of the day; with the best temperament and the best able to react to problems.
"He will be a great triple champion in his own right," added Fittipaldi.
F1's other three-time champions are Jackie Stewart, Niki Lauda, Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna.