Sep.20 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Carlos Sainz, a Spanish rallying legend, thinks Fernando Alonso could one day be regarded as the greatest driver in formula one history.

The two-time world rally champion defended his countryman, amid suggestions the Ferrari driver is not the friendliest driver on the grid.

“Fernando is much more normal than people think, simply he has a lot of pressure on him at most times,” Sainz, 50, told El Confidencial.

“As a driver, there is little doubt that – today – he is the best in the world, and even in the history of formula one he is one of the greatest.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if he is recognised as the best ever once he decides to retire,” added Sainz.

Sainz’s son, Carlos Sainz Jr, is currently racing through the junior single seater ranks, with Red Bull backing.