Fernando Alonso to join Ferrari or Red Bull in 2023?

Gerhard Berger thinks Fernando Alonso still has all the credentials to be fighting for the World Championship if he races with the right team.

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Fernando Alonso has demonstrated immense pace at times during the 2022 season, something which is rarely seen by drivers who take a sabbatical from the sport.

The Spaniard has faced unprecedented bad luck this year, usually at times when on the verge of an incredible finish.

Alonso’s front-row start at the recent Canadian Grand Prix was his first since the 2012 German Grand Prix, however, the Alpine F1 Team driver suffered from yet further bad luck during the race after suffering from a suspected air leak.

The double World Champion has demonstrated both his racecraft and one lap pace this season, after coming agonisingly close to pole position at the Australian Grand Prix earlier in the year.

Alonso was going so fast in Q3 at the Albert Park Circuit, that team principal Otmar Szafnauer explained that the computers couldn’t keep up or explain how he was going as fast as he was.

The 40-year-old remains as one of the fastest drivers on the grid, something which usually isn’t said when a driver leaves the sport temporarily.

Alonso left F1 at the end of the 2018 season, after a dreadful few years with the McLaren F1 Team.

The Spaniard went off to compete at both the Le Mans 24 Hours, and the Indy 500.

Alonso won the famous French race, meaning he is just one Indy 500 victory away from the illusive triple crown.

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Despite all his success in the past and his evident pace this season, Alonso is currently without a drive for 2023.

The Spanish driver is yet to sign a new deal with Alpine, who are undecided between re-signing Alonso or promoting 2021 F2 World Champion Oscar Piastri.

Former driver and now DTM boss Gerhard Berger, insists that Alonso is good enough for not only Alpine but for Red Bull or Ferrari.

“Yes! I’m 100% certain!” Berger responded when asked by Motorsport-Magazin if Alonso could win a championship with either frontrunning team.

“He’s a brilliant driver.”

Berger went on to explain how Alonso could’ve easily won more titles, had things gone his way.

Alonso narrowly missed out on the championship famously in 2007, 2010 and 2012.

Had he won all three, then Alonso would currently be a five-time World Champion.

“I have to say, with his talent, Alonso could have five world championship titles for me,” Berger continued.

“After McLaren, he closed the doors a bit because, if he were in a Mercedes, he would have five world titles.”