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Should Fernando Alonso Still Be Considered the Best F1 Driver of the Era?

At the very moment that Michael Schumacher climbed out of a Ferrari for the final time in parc ferme at the 2006 Brazilian Grand Prix and headed for his first retirement, Fernando Alonso inherited the unofficial tag as the most complete driver in Formula One. And with good reason. The Spaniard, after breaking Schumacher's five-year spell of dominance to become the youngest-ever world champion in F1 history the previous year, had just added his second crown in as many years. Over the course of his two title-winning seasons, Alonso had claimed 12 pole positions, 14 wins and 29 podium finishes in 37 grands prix, glowing reflections of his qualifying speed, his race pace and, most impressively, his consistency. Sure, there were some concerns o...

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