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Fernando Alonso Takes Inspiration From 3X World Champ to Fight Harder for the Elusive World Championship

Published 04/06/2023, 3:03 PM EDT

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If the opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. Exactly what Fernando Alonso has been trying to do for the better part of a decade. The two-time world champion takes inspiration from the most legendary F1 driver of all time and a three-time world champion. The Spaniard hopes to follow right in the footsteps of the legend and win the mythical third world championship. Who is this legend and what is Alonso’s belief for winning the title?

The three-time world champion whom Fernando Alonso idolizes is none other than the legendary Ayrton Senna. Back in 2015, when the Spaniard got to drive Ayrton Senna’s iconic MP4/4, he explained how he likely would not have become an F1 driver without the inspiration of Senna. Alonso has mentioned many times how Senna was dominating F1 with McLaren when he started karting and how every kid idolized the Brazilian. The 41-year-old seems to have been inspired by Senna’s driving style and traits as well. Ayrton Senna was known for pushing the car beyond its limit and placing the car exactly where he wanted it and so is Alonso.

Fernando Alonso will surely like to add another similarity between himself and Senna and that would be a third-world championship. His recent move to Aston Martin seems to be paying dividends. The Spaniard has already scored 3 podiums in 3 races and is expecting that things will only get better from here.

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In a video that surfaced on Twitter recently, Fernando Alonso was asked if he’s still hopeful of equaling Ayrton Senna’s record of three world championships. The two-time world champion replied he still believes it is possible, and that is the reason why he keeps racing. He knows it’s going to be difficult, but that does not stop him from aiming for the top.

According to the video uploaded by Aston Martin F1 Updates on Twitter, Fernando Alonso said “Always I believe it is possible. That’s why I keep racing. Obviously, you know the challenge is big, and you know that you need to overcome some difficulties and some top teams that are on top of the sport. But yeah, I race every day and train every day thinking that the third title is possible”

The 41-year-old winning the championship this season might be a far-fetched idea, but race wins are definitely on the table. Alonso hasn’t won a race in over a decade. With the AMR23 performing exceptionally well, the whole F1 community has taken Twitter with the “como 33” trend, expecting Alonso to win his 33rd race soon.

What does Max Verstappen make of the Hype surrounding Fernando Alonso’s 33rd win?

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Max Verstappen had mentioned after the Bahrain GP how race wins for the Aston Martin are definitely possible, as he referred to his own race wins when Red Bull was not the fastest car. The Dutchman has now come forward to express his thoughts about Alonso’s 33rd race win. Verstappen believes Alonso deserved to win a lot more races. The current world champion will be happy to see Fernando win his 33rd race and wishes the Spaniard to win even more.

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According to F1i.com, Max Verstappen said “I think Fernando should have won anyway already a lot more races than what he has done,” “I think he deserves a lot more.” “I would be quite happy to see him win number 33. But I also, in a way, also I would like to see him win more. So we’ll see in the coming races.”

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Pranay Bhagi

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Pranay Bhagi is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation, he has set foot into Sports Journalism with absolute enthusiasm. Being an ardent fan of F1, he has been following the pinnacle of motorsport for over a decade now.
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Varunkumaar Chelladurai