Fernando Alonso says that he considers 2012 his best ever season in Formula One.
Alonso came close to winning the title that year but ultimately lost out to Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull.
It is also worth mentioning that Alonso does not consider any of his championship winning years earns a spot on his top three best ever seasons.
“2012 is probably my best season in Formula One,” Alonso said.
Alonso also added that 2014 and this season just gone by also rank in the top three.
"Then it could be 2014 my second best. Then probably this one will be on the final step of the podium so far.
“I felt very confident in the car in every condition. Even the last 10 laps in Brazil I felt really competitive with 40-lap old tyres, things like that. That confidence in the car gave me the opportunity to drive at the limit on many occasions. I consider this year on a very high standard from my driving part of view.”
The Spaniard feels proud to have out-performed his team-mate Jenson Button over the season, as he rates Button as a highly talented driver.
“As you said, Jenson is an incredible driver. Last year I experienced that and saw that and this year I was able to be in front of him many, many times. Even in qualifying we are 13-5, or something like that, but in three qualifying sessions I didn't participate because I had the penalty already with the engine and so I did only Q1. So that [difference] could be even higher than that.”
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