It’s a debate that fans around the world often have regarding who the best Formula 1 driver of all time is/was. It’s also a very difficult topic to view outside of the decade-by-decade view with technology advancement, safety advancement, number of races per year and many more factors.
When pressed, I’ve been know to offer Jim Clark, Nuvolari, Rindt, Schumacher, Prost and Senna. That leaves out such incredible talent as Stewart, Moss, Fangio, Peterson, Villeneuve, and many of today’s drivers such as Hamilton, Vettel, et. al.
One name that will often come up in conversation is current driver Fernando Alonso and while some question the idea of McLaren jettisoning their Honda engine partner to keep Alonso happy, others believe when you have a talent like Fernando, you do have to make choices and keep that bottled lightning at your team.
On such person is veteran F1 reporter and historian Nigel Roebuck. I’ve always had a lot of time for Nigel and consider him the Jenks of our era. His prose is spectacular and his insight singular.
He know writes for Autosport but sister publication, motorsport.com, ran a video with Peter Windsor interviewing Nigel about Fernando. No surprise that he reckons Alonso is the greatest driver of the 21st century. What do you think?
You can watch the video here.