Alonso is a new Schuey, says Gascoyne

Renault technical director Mike Gascoyne reckons that driver Fernando Alonso is as good as five-time world champion Michael Schumacher

Alonso is a new Schuey, says Gascoyne

Gascoyne has praised the natural skills and ability of the Spaniard, who has claimed two podiums in the four races run so far this year.

"When Michael Schumacher first came into F1, it was obvious it was only a matter of time before he won a race, and it's the same with Fernando now," Gascoyne told BBC Sport Online.

"It's hard to put your finger on it exactly. He's obviously blindingly quick. But a lot of people can drive a racing car quickly. The ones who are really good have ability to spare - it just comes naturally to them. And Fernando is like that."

Gascoyne believes that Alonso compares favourably with current championship leader Kimi Raikkonen. The Finn has been labelled a future world champion since his debut with Sauber in 2001, but Gascoyne believes Alonso is better.

"Fernando is definitely going to win world championships. I think Raikkonen could do a Mika Hakkinen, and win a couple of world championships when the car is good, but I don't think he'll be the bloke who wins a race when the car should not, like Michael can.

"But I think Fernando will. He's got that edge. Is Fernando a Schumacher? Yeah, I think he is."

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