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McLaren boss pays Alonso biggest compliment of his professional career
- Updated: January 31, 2018
McLaren boss Zak Brown has claimed that his star driver Fernando Alonso is in the same bracket as the legendary Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna due to his attention to detail ahead of races.
It was only this week that Alonso confirmed that he will participate in eight races of the World Endurance Championship (WEC), which includes the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans, as well as the full Formula 1 schedule.
Having made his intentions clear of completing the sport’s so-called “Triple Crown”, which has only been achieved once before and involves winning the Monaco Grand Prix, Alonso seems intent on making that happen.
He has the full backing of Brown, who feels that the Spaniard is more than capable of excelling in multiple disciplines because he is a total petrolhead.
“Fernando sits around on Friday night, thinking about next weekend,” Brown told ExpressSport.
“My texts with him on Friday and Saturday are not about him being out and about with his buddies: he’s thinking about racing.
“I think that’s what separates him from most.
“If you look at the world’s greatest drivers, that’s what he’s got in common with them.
“Schumacher’s preparation was second to none. Senna’s preparation was second to none. And Fernando has that quality about him.”
Alonso is a two-time world champion but has not enjoyed the best of spells off late, having failed to record a single podium since re-joining McLaren three years ago thanks to their mis-firing Honda engine.
However, with a new deal in place to buy Renault power units for 2018, Brown hopes Alonso will have a much better chance of proving his credentials on the grid.
“His preparation and the way he’s able to compartmentalise and focus on the job in hand – so when we were in at Indy, he knew where he wanted to be by race day and he came in very prepared and focused on ‘this is where I want to be in 25 days’ time so this is what I need to do on Day 1, Day 2 and so on’.
“He understands where he’s trying to get to and then he gets laser-focused, very prepared and in the moment.”