Max Verstappen makes Fernando Alonso claim amid electric start to 2023

Max Verstappen has backed Fernando Alonso in the coming season, believing that the two-time world champion should have experienced greater on-track success.

Fernando Alonso will, undoubtedly, be remembered as one of the greatest Spanish drivers in Formula 1, having won two world championships in 2005 and 2006 during his spell at Renault.

Despite his skill and track record, Alonso only has 32 wins to his name, having not finished in P1 for nearly a decade.

The Spaniard’s last victory came at the 2013 Grand Prix, with many believing the wait for another successful outing could be about to come to an end after Alonso’s move to Aston Martin.

Since joining the Silverstone-based team, Alonso has secured three consecutive podiums in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Australia. 

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Although he’s the oldest driver on the grid at 41, Alonso’s rival Max Verstappen believes that the Spaniard is still as skilled as ever.

“I think Fernando should have won a lot more races than he has done. I think he deserves a lot more,” Verstappen said.

“So I would be quite happy to see him win number 33. But I also, in a way, would like to see him win more. So, we’ll see in the coming races.”

With Red Bull showing their dominance and Mercedes proving it can hold off a charging Aston Martin, Alonso will be hoping his rivals suffer reliability issues in the upcoming races, so he can secure that elusive 33rd Grand Prix victory.

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The Spaniard won’t be giving up easily though, as he’s already made it clear that he believes a third world championship could be on the cards.

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“[Another world championship] is the aim for sure but I think at the moment we have to keep our feet on the ground,” the Spaniard said.

Following Alonso’s strong start, Aston Martin has soared up the championship rankings, from P7 last season to P2 ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. 

Alonso is currently in third place in the Drivers’ Standings, just 24 points behind reigning world champion Verstappen.