Dec.14 (GMM) F1 team principals declaring Fernando Alonso the best driver of the 2012 season is "satisfying", Ferrari has admitted.

FIA Formula One World Championship - Fernando Alonso
FIA Formula One World Championship - Fernando Alonso

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The Spaniard was beaten to the championship by 3 points by Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, but a British magazine asked the bosses of the 12 teams this year to name the standout performer.

"Well, Alonso got a resounding vote: (he) racked up 269 points, a whole 71 more than Vettel," Ferrari said in a report posted on its official website.

Of course, next year I would prefer to win the title.

Fernando Alonso

"Apart from (Stefano) Domenicali, seven other team principals chose Alonso as the best driver of the season," the famous Italian team added.

Alonso said: "I was pleased to be chosen by the team principals as the best driver of 2012.

"Of course, next year I would prefer to win the title, happy to leave this prestigious yet idealistic award to one of my peers."