Being one of the few privileged drivers to have shared a cockpit with 3-time world champion Senna, Berger insisted that Alonso could very well be placed near the Brazilian driver. Additionally, despite clinching 5 world titles less than Schumacher, the Spaniard could easily compare himself to the Mercedes driver also, argued Berger.
“There are sometimes those special drivers: Ayrton Senna was one, Michael Schumacher was one, and Alonso is one,” said Berger in a recent interview with Austrian television Servus TV.
Aside from having raced alongside Senna in the early 90's, at McLaren, Berger was also contemporary with Schumacher in the mid-90s, when the German clinched two consecutive titles with Benetton. According to Berger, the most important clue on how to judge the true value of a racer is how he manages to win when driving a not-so-great car.
“They are drivers who can win world championships without having the absolute best car,” added Berger.
Before the Korean Grand Prix last weekend, Berger admitted that he considers Alonso the best driver in F1 at the moment.
"For me he's the best driver at the moment overall; he has experience and is still young enough to be going flat out without fear. Ferrari cannot do better than Alonso, and there is no better place for Alonso than Ferrari," he said.