Max Verstappen’s Extreme Driving Style Could Provoke Mistakes: Fernando Alonso

Published 05/17/2021, 4:18 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 15, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

Four races have gone by this F1 season, and the hot topics have largely persisted around two of the championship title contenders – Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.


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Subsequently, the debate over who the better driver is of the two has been gaining steam as well. And the latest to join the debate is Fernando Alonso.

The ex-McLaren driver claimed that Verstappen is the best driver on the grid at the moment, solely because of his aggression. However, he also felt that the Dutchman’s “extreme driving style” could leave him prone to mistakes.


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Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium winning the race with second-placed Red Bull’s Max Verstappen Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

Nevertheless, this is quite an interesting take considering Hamilton has just managed to churn out his best-ever start to an F1 season at the age of 36, securing three wins out of four races.

What’s more, the Spaniard was amongst the list of drivers who faced the wrath of Hamilton while racing alongside him as teammates.

Hence, he is quite aware of the damage the Mercedes driver could cause to his rivals, with his rivalry dating back to 2007. Despite possessing such history with Hamilton, Alonso managed to see something far more deadly in Verstappen that could potentially end the Briton’s run of form.

The aggression of Max Verstappen is exciting for the fans: Alonso

As reported by RacingNews365, the Spaniard revealed that the reason behind preferring the Dutchman over the seven-time world champion is that the former has always remained on the attack mode over a race, constantly looking ahead even if he had an assured podium in hand.

Hence, it is the aggressive approaches that have gained Verstappen respect from the F1 fans around the world.

For me, Max Verstappen is currently the best,” he said. “He’s a driver that I love to see. He’s always in attack mode. If he’s third and catching up on second, then you know he’s not going to stay there.

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after qualifying in second position Pool via REUTERS/Emilio Morenatti

You know that he’ll try it at some point. Of course, this extreme driving style sometimes provokes mistakes. But that’s exciting for the fans,” Alonso added.


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Verstappen has evidently upped his consistency this year, making minimal to no mistakes. And that has kept him in the game against Hamilton despite finishing behind him on three out of four occasions. So, with 19 more races left in hand, the end result could go either way.

But will Alonso’s words come alive? Can Verstappen prove to be the best driver on the current grid by defeating the ever-dominant Hamilton? Well, let’s wait and watch how the future unfolds.


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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.