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Jaime Alguersuari may have missed out on the 2012 Formula 1 season as a driver, but has been enjoying the action alongside James Allen and Jonathan Legard in his role as BBC Radio 5 live analyst. Furthermore, the Barcelona-born man is confident that fellow countryman Fernando Alonso can wrap up a third world title this year.
Alonso is yet to clinch the crown since he did so in back-to-back fashion for Renault in 2005 and 2006. After the Hungarian Grand Prix, in which he finished fifth, the Ferrari driver heads into the summer break with three 2012 wins to his name and a 40-point cushion in the points table; this is despite the coherently close nature of the current Formula 1 campaign.
“It's all so close and it makes it much more interesting,” Alguersuari writes in a column for BBC Sport. “It has been very enjoyable trying to commentate on it, never quite knowing what will happen. A big reason for this is the fantastic job being done by the FIA to make F1 fairer for all the teams, especially the ones with smaller budgets.”
Moving on to discuss the championship situation, Alguersuari continues:
“Levelling the field has made the drivers more important and that is one of the reasons why Alonso is leading the championship. He has been helped by the amount Ferrari have developed their car. When they were so slow at the first race, I thought the season was already over for them in terms of the championship. They still don't have the best package, but it's in the general ballpark and they have a really good driver.
“I have never seen a season from Alonso like this. It has been hugely impressive. It's crazy to think that a guy whose car was so slow at the start of the season is leading the championship by 40 points - a win and a third place - with nine races to go…a bad result for him is a fifth place. All the other drivers would love to be able to have that.
“I think he will win the championship if he continues doing his job like this - and I don't see any reason why he won't…I know from winning in other categories that when you have this self-confidence, with everything in control, it is because you are completely sure in what you can do. You are completely patient and it's like nothing can stop you. It's difficult to explain, it's just a driver's feeling.”
Alguersuari is also confident of an F1 comeback of his own in 2013. Two of the teams he has been linked to so far are Mercedes and Sauber.
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