He said, "There will be five world champions on the track and the most dangerous champion for me is always Michael." And added, "Now in January if I have to choose one name I have to say Michael. He is seven-times champion. He has nothing to prove. He had a difficult season but he is still a champion. He is still super class and if the car is right he will be a contender."
Having said that, he did not dismiss the prospects of Sebastian Vettel, the yougest F1 champion and said, "No doubt Sebastian will be a contender. He will have experience and will be calm in certain moments. He will drive better than last year and that makes him dangerous to us. McLaren will also be one of the favourites."
F1 has lined up a record 20 races for the 2011 season. To this, Alonso in his inimitable style said, "I like 20 races, I like racing, competing so to have more races is welcome."