“I Would Like the Duel To…” – Alonso Issues Demand in Hamilton-Verstappen F1 Title Fight

Published 08/20/2021, 7:28 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria – June 24, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso walks the track ahead of Steiermark Grand Prix REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger


After years of dominance by Mercedes, F1 fans are finally witnessing a strong competitor to end Lewis Hamilton and Silver Arrows’ supremacy in Max Verstappen this year. The two title contenders are going wheel to wheel each race weekend, with the reigning champion, Hamilton aiming to secure a record eighth world championship, whereas the young blood, Verstappen, wanting to become the youngest world champion.

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Meanwhile, the former world champion, Fernando Alonso hopes the title fight between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton is not decided until the final race weekend.

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What did Fernando Alonso say?

As quoted by Speedweek.com, when asked about the intense battle for the world championship between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, Fernando Alonso replied: “I don’t know who will manage to win the title in the end.”

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 31, 2021. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton bumps fists with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after qualifying in pole position and third place respectively Pool via REUTERS/David W Cerny.

“It would be pretty difficult to decide on either one today. The favorite role almost changes from one GP weekend to the next. I would like the duel to remain exciting and not be decided until the final,” added the two-time world champion, Fernando Alonso. (Quotes translated via Google)

Alonso is excited about the upcoming Belgian GP

After a month-long summer break, Formula 1 will finally return next week. The second half of the season will kick off with a triple-header, with the first event to be held in Belgium.

Meanwhile, when asked about the upcoming Belgian Grand Prix, the Spaniard replied: “Spa-Francorchamps brings back fond memories.”

Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Styria, Austria – June 25, 2021. Alpine’s Fernando Alonso in action during practice REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger.

“My victory in Formula 3000 back then was a stepping stone to Formula 1. And then I was able to win there twice in the long-distance Toyota. Especially 2019 was a crazy race, we had all four sessions on one day.”

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Fernando Alonso currently sits P11 in the driver’s championship, eight points ahead of the four-time world champion, Sebastian Vettel.

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Can Fernando Alonso continue to display outstanding performances in the second half of the season? What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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