Fernando Alonso believes his 2023 Formula 1 performance for Aston Martin was the best of his career alongside his 2012 Ferrari campaign.
Alonso took six podiums in the opening eight races and added another two in the second half of the season despite Aston Martin being overhauled in the development race.
They started this season as the second-fastest car on the grid but were reeled in by Mercedes, Ferrari, and McLaren.
“I’m happy with the personal performance,” Alonso told the media. “I think together with 2012 is the best season for me personally.
“I rate the best season in my driving and I was happy with everything. I was motivated, I was fit, I was performing in difficult conditions sometimes.”
Alonso’s best races
Alonso started 2023 with a daring overtake on Lewis Hamilton at the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix on his way to third and delivered one of the drives of the season in Brazil when getting by and fending off Sergio Perez on the last lap.
The 42-year-old, who has a contract with Aston Martin until the end of 2024, went on to pick the races he felt were his strongest were in 2023.
“Bahrain, Monaco, Canada, Monza and Brazil would be my top five [races] of the year,” Alonso continues.
“I put Monza on purpose because it was a ninth place. It was not a podium, it was nothing that people will remember, but probably we had the slowest car in Monza or the second slowest and to be in the points was one of those weekends where everything was very good.”
Alonso and Aston Martin are looking to overhaul an eleven point gap to McLaren in the Constructors’ standings in the final race this year, as the two British teams battle it out for fourth place in the table.