Fernando Alonso has made a bold declaration in the lead up to the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, snubbing Sergio Perez in the process.
The two-time world champion expressed his belief that he is the better driver of the two, and that the Mexican should not be able to match him on the track.
Alonso, who is set to compete in his first Formula One race in two years, said: “I don’t think he has the capacity to be on the same level as me in terms of performance.”
This is an audacious statement from the Spaniard, who has not raced in the sport since retiring in 2018.
His comments have been met with criticism by some, who argue that Perez has been one of the most consistent drivers in the sport over the past few seasons, and that he has been able to secure podiums for two different teams.
Nevertheless, Alonso is confident of his own abilities, and believes that his experience and knowledge of the sport will be enough to see him outdo Perez.
He added: “I know I’m a driver with more experience and more knowledge of Formula One, so I don’t expect him to be on the same level as me.
“I expect to be better than him.”
It remains to be seen if Alonso’s confidence will be justified when he takes to the track in Saudi Arabia, but his comments will certainly add an extra layer of intrigue to the upcoming race.
Time will tell if the veteran driver can back up his strong claim and outshine his teammate.