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“Still One of the Best” – Brundle Insists F1 Always Benefits From ‘World-Class’ Fernando Alonso & Sebastian Vettel

Published 03/15/2022, 7:54 AM EDT

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Both Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel are on the wrong side of time. One’s 40 years old, and the other is 34-years-old. Despite their age, Martin Brundle thinks Formula 1 can still benefit from them.

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Alonso is a two-time world champion. The Spaniard won the titles with Renault back in 2005 and 2006. On the other hand, Vettel is the four-time world champion. Seb has dominated the world from 2010 to 2013 in his Red Bull.


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Talking about Alonso and Vettel, Martin conveyed, “I think Fernando is still one of the best on the grid. Seb is also showing that he can be fast. A Formula 1 grid always benefits from world-class drivers like these two and the young guns who emulate them.”

What makes Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel so special?

The duo has spent nearly two decades in F1. Vettel is to start with his season with Aston Martin while Alonso is to start with Alpine. F1 is a big game of expectations and one’s expected to deliver week-in week-out. With so many young drivers coming in every year, it is believed that they are less likely to stick around for so long. Drivers like Nico Rosberg, Mark Webber, retired quite early despite having world class talent.

Fernando will start his 22nd season in the sport this year. The Spaniard made his debut with Minardi back in 2001 and still going strong. Alonso has picked up a whopping 32 career wins and 98 podiums and still counting.


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This will be Vettel’s 16th season in F1. In his time as a driver, the German has accumulated 53 race wins and 122 podiums. The former Ferrari man is one of the drivers the younger drivers idolize, Lando Norris, being one of them.


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Brundle further stated, “The cars aren’t as physical as they were in my day, where you were constantly getting a few hits. So they’re in great shape and they’re experienced, which is especially important in the context of a massive rule change like the one we’re having.”


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Sabyasachi Biswas


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Sabyasachi Biswas is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. He has completed his Master's in Mass Communication and Journalism from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Sabyasachi is an ardent Red Bull and Max Verstappen fan and has been following the sport for over a decade now.
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