Faure full of praise for Alonso

Faure full of praise for Alonso

Patrick Faure, president of Renault, is full of praise for Fernando Alonso after his performance at the Malaysian Grand Prix and is likening the young Spaniard to Ayrton Senna. Alonso scored his first pole position and his first podium finish at...

Patrick Faure, president of Renault, is full of praise for Fernando Alonso after his performance at the Malaysian Grand Prix and is likening the young Spaniard to Ayrton Senna. Alonso scored his first pole position and his first podium finish at Sepang, despite suffering from a high fever which was compounded by the Malaysian heat and humidity.

Fernando Alonso and his trophy.
Photo by Renault F1.
"I knew he was a bit ill," Faure told the team website. "So I was a bit worried. At Sepang, the heat is oppressive, and the humidity is awful. The lad was suffering but he is so determined, and has such will-powever that I think that whatever the weather, whatever his state of health, he concentrates for the full 100 minutes of the race."

At only 21, Alonso is the youngest driver on the grid. He started even younger, in 2001, with Minardi where he impressed many with his performance. Last year he opted to be Renault test driver and Faure noticed his confidence.

"He was test driver in 2002, so he spent the Grand Prix in the garage. I saw him and chatted to him a lot. At only 21 years of age, this lad has a great deal of self-confidence. It was as if, when he looked at the other drivers, he was saying, 'I could do better than them'. You could tell, it was obvious."

"The impressive thing about this young man, however, is that he hasn't had an easy life. He left home at only thirteen years of age for Italy. He has really earned his place in a Formula 1 car with a top team through his will-power, his strength and his energy. He clearly has only one aim at the moment. 'I want to be world champion with Renault within the next three years,' he says time and again."

Many consider that Alonso will indeed become world champion and Faure paid the youngster a compliment by comparing him to another champion: "He reminds me of a driver who had an unlimited determination, right from the start of his career, and who never deviated from it: Ayrton Senna."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Fernando Alonso , Ayrton Senna
Teams Minardi