Fernando Alonso wary of Michael Schumacher

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It seems that in spite of Michael Schumacher's dreadful 2010 season, his achievements in Formula One are still enough to inspire awe and caution in his rivals...

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Ferrari's Fernando Alonso has singled out the German driver as perhaps his biggest rival ahead of the upcoming 2011 season.

The Spaniard narrowly lost out on the 2010 F1 drivers' title after going into the final race in Abu Dhabi as the favourite to win. Ultimately, it was Red Bull's young driver Sebastian Vettel who emerged victorious and claimed the title ahead of both Alonso and Australian team-mate Mark Webber.

Schumacher enjoyed no such luck during 2010 following his “triumphant” return from retirement. The 42-year-old could only manage to finish in ninth position with his new team Mercedes in his first season since 2006.

The legendary German driver has made enough of an impact on the track to inspire fear in his rivals; Alonso admitted that he will be keeping a cautious eye out for Schumacher when the season comes back into full swing.

"There will be five world champions on the track and the most dangerous champion for me is always Michael." said Alonso.

Alonso also pointed out the fact that Schumacher is a seven-time world champion, and his skills on the racing track should not be underestimated.

"Now in January if I have to choose one name I have to say Michael.” added the Ferrari driver.

"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.”

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