5 Biggest "What-ifs" of Fernando Alonso's F1 career
World Championships: 2
A career with such staggering numbers and still something doesn't add up. It feels a bit underwhelming for a force of nature that is (was?) Fernando Alonso.
Alonso's career, after the early success of twin championships with Renault, has become a bits and pieces tale of what it could have been.
A career which has been tottering around the backmarkers for the last 4 years should have really achieved more. Let's take a look back at 5 of the biggest "what-ifs that defined Fernando Alonso's career in Formula One.
#1 What if the Ferrari engine hadn't failed in Japan 06
So let's start with something positive. Something that effectively handed Fernando Alonso his second title in Formula One. Going into the penultimate race of the season, Michael Schumacher was leading the championship, ahead of Fernando Alonso.
The German started on pole and was leading the race when all of a sudden the Ferrari engine failed (strangely the first engine failure in so many years for the Italian giants) effectively handing Alonso the lead in the race and making the last race almost academic as there wasn't enough time left for Schumacher to overhaul Alonso's advantage.
Although many hardcore Alonso fans wouldn't want to put this down to luck citing Alonso's retirement in Monza if one looks at the circumstances and the situation in which this engine failure happened it left Schumacher and Ferrari with no chance to come back and sealed the title for Alonso.
But what if Alonso hadn't won the title in 06? Would he be just a one-time WDC? or would it have brought him back to the ground and maybe made him more determined against a certain rookie's challenge next season?