Fernando Alonso Refuses To Rule Out Possibility of Being Max Verstappen’s Teammate

Published 07/01/2021, 11:15 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 1, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES


At the press conference ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix, we saw one of the oldest drivers on the grid paired with one of the youngest. Fernando Alonso and Max Verstappen addressed the media together for the first time this season, with both drivers raising intriguing points.

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Although the two drivers have an age difference of 16 years, Alonso hinted at teaming up with Verstappen in the future.

Fernando Alonso believes he could have Max Verstappen as a teammate outside F1

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The Spaniard is arguably one of the best drivers to race in Formula One. Despite competing with Michael Schumacher, Alonso won back-to-back world championships in 2005 and 2006 with Renault. In addition, he was the youngest world champion in the sport’s history for a brief period.

While he is far from challenging for race wins and podiums, Verstappen certainly isn’t. The Dutchman leads his adversary Lewis Hamilton by 18 points heading into the Austrian Grand Prix the weekend.

Despite the 23-year-old dominating his teammates at Red Bull for years, Alonso believes he could have the Dutchman as his teammate. However, he believes that possibility only exists outside the world of F1.

Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria – June 24, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna

The 39-year-old said, “I think it can happen in the future, but not in Formula 1. Maybe in Endurance and Le Mans.”

(Quotes have been translated via Google Translate)

While the possibility remains distant, one cannot help but wonder how the pairing would work out.

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Alonso looks forward to his first double header on the same track

While Alonso’s career spans multiple race tracks, he is yet to race on the same track two races in a row. With a huge challenge on his hands, the Spaniard admitted he looks forward to seeing how it comes through.

He said, ” [It] is the first time that I run two races in a row on the same track in F1. We will also see the weather if it turns out to be more variable than the previous weekend.”

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After an impressive P9 finish last weekend in the Styrian Grand Prix, Alonso will hope to keep the momentum going this weekend. With a chance of a wet weather race looming, the 39-year-old could come up trumps in the highly competitive midfield battle on July 4.

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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