2000s were hey­day

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Fernando Alonso reck­ons that F1 peaked in the 2000s, not the 1980s. The 2005/06 world cham­pion said he be­lieved too many peo­ple have over-hyped the 1980s sea­sons, which fea­tured the Ayr­ton Senna/ Alain Prost bat­tles, and that the con­test was at its best some 20 years later. “F1 at this time [the 80s], it was very bor­ing,” said Alonso. “If you see a race now from ’85, ’88 or ’92 you will sleep through it be­cause it was two Mclarens, the fourth guy was lapped and there were 25 sec­onds be­tween each car. Now TV fig­ures are go­ing down as peo­ple say it’s bor­ing now, so it’s ex­actly the same bor­ing as it was at that time. A lot of man­u­fac­tur­ers came into F1 in the 2000s – BMW, Toy­ota and more and TV fig­ures and spec­ta­tors were at the max­i­mum. We went to new coun­tries – like Korea, In­dia, Sin­ga­pore.”

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