Alonso Throws an Apparent Shade at Hamilton With Verstappen Pressure Statement

Published 10/07/2021, 11:00 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 10, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after qualifying in third position for the sprint qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron


After five long seasons with Red Bull, Max Verstappen finally finds himself in a position to challenge Lewis Hamilton for the driver’s championship. This being his sixth season with the Austrian outfit, the Dutchman trails Hamilton by just two points with seven races left.

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While Verstappen has one of the strongest Red Bull cars in the hybrid era, he also displayed incredible skill on a consistent basis. Ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix, two-time world champion Fernando Alonso praised one of the 24-year-old’s key qualities.

Fernando Alonso on Max Verstappen: “He handles the pressure better”

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Verstappen has seven wins from 15 races this year, two more than Hamilton. However, the Dutchman showed signs of struggle on a few occasions. Despite those few stumbles, Alonso believes he is one of the best in terms of soaking up the pressure.

ZANDVOORT, NETHERLANDS – SEPTEMBER 05: Race winner Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates with his team after the F1 Grand Prix of The Netherlands at Circuit Zandvoort on September 05, 2021 in Zandvoort, Netherlands. (Photo by Joe Portlock – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

The Spaniard said“Max is right to take one race at a time, it’s the right approach. I really think he manages the pressure better than other riders, each of us tries to manage the pressure differently, but he seems to be able to do it very well.” (Quotes translated by Google)

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Recently, Verstappen spoke highly of Alonso, mentioning he would watch the 40-year-old race if he wasn’t on the track. Alonso returned those words in kind, reiterating why he watched the Dutchman when he was away from F1.

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Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso before the race Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna

“I’m glad Max said that,” said Alonso. “As I have said on several occasions Verstappen was the reason why I turned on the TV during the two years in which I was not involved in F1.”

With seven races to go, Alonso will look to score more points for Alpine starting this weekend. The two-time world champion showed the qualities which make him one of the best on several occasions this season.

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Verstappen put in an excellent shift in Sochi two weeks ago, finishing second after starting from P20. And with seven races to go, the Dutchman will look to reclaim the championship lead which Hamilton currently possesses.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 & US Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He began following F1 since 2010, which made him an instant Sebastian Vettel fan. His favorite tracks on the calendar include Spa-Francorchamps, Monaco and Monza.

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