“At the moment Verstappen is the only one I would not compete on equal terms in Red Bull.”Fernando Alonso he would have no fear of facing Lewis Hamilton as already happened in McLaren in 2007 or Ferrari drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, or even the young rampant George Russell. In Verstappen’s ‘wolf’s lair’, however, Red Bull would not go there.
“I have great respect for Max, I don’t think there are many riders who could race with Red Bull in the Dutchman’s environment and be able to beat him. – the words of Alonso reported by the newspaper racingnews365.com – Right now I consider Verstappen the best rider in the paddock. He has now added a certain maturity to his talent and speed and so I think it’s very difficult to beat him. I think he is the favorite to win the title this season and also for those to come ”.
A true certificate of esteem that expressed by Alonso towards the Dutch driver, leader of the championship with just five points clear of Lewis Hamilton, which in 2022 in Mercedes is expected by the direct confrontation with George Russell, certainly not a comfortable customer to deal with. The rivalry between Verstappen and Hamilton is igniting 2021 and Alonso in Hungary in addition to securing Ocon’s victory for Alpine by blocking Hamilton has also ‘taken’ seven points from his former McLaren box mate. A small watershed of a season that has already registered a considerable number of turns that have given or taken away points to the two contenders, who still have eight rounds to play in pursuit of a title that would be the eighth for Hamilton and the first for Verstappen.
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