Alonso bet­ter now than in ti­tle years

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Mclaren driver Fer­nando Alonso be­lieves his per­for­mances in the 2016 For­mula 1 sea­son have out­shone his ti­tlewin­ning years.

The Spa­niard, who won the world cham­pi­onship in 2005 and ’06 with Re­nault, rated 2012 with Fer­rari as his best sea­son, fol­lowed by ’14 and ’16.

Alonso has failed to reach the podium since re­join­ing Mclaren in 2015, but be­lieves he has done the best with the car he has this term.

“I have felt very con­fi­dent with the car in ev­ery con­di­tion [this sea­son]. I’m feel­ing good, even in the last 10 laps in Brazil when I felt com­pet­i­tive with 14 lapold tyres. That con­fi­dence gives me the op­por­tu­nity to drive at the limit.”

Alonso has been par­tic­u­larly pleased with his per­for­mance against world cham­pion team­mate But­ton this year, with the Spa­niard out­qual­i­fy­ing the Bri­ton 15-5.

“Jen­son is an in­cred­i­ble driver,” he said. “Last year, I ex­pe­ri­enced that. This year, I was able to be in front of him many times so I con­sider this year to be a very high stan­dard from a driv­ing point of view.”

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