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Alonso: Schumi was my strongest rival

Despite finishing runner-up to Sebastian Vettel three times, Fernando Alonso rates Michael Schumacher as the strongest rival he has faced in F1. Alonso entered Formula 1 in 2001, the second year of Schumacher's five year domination. Four years later, the then Renault driver would become the one to end Schumacher's reign as he claimed the Drivers' title in 2005 and again in 2006. Since then Alonso has go on to battle the likes of Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen and Vettel. But it is Schumacher who he rates as the fiercest of them all. "The strongest in Formula 1 was Michael," Alonso told the Ferrari website when asked about his past rivals. "In the years when I was staring in...
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