Two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso believes the “exciting” Max Verstappen is the best driver in Formula 1.
The Dutchman, who made his F1 debut at just 17 years of age, currently has seven wins to his name, two of which came this year at the Austrian and German GPs.
But while his blistering pace is unquestionable, sometimes his hot-headed approach can draw some criticism.
However, Alonso thinks this is what makes him “exciting” to watch, while his overtaking ability is another reason why he views the 22-year-old as the best F1 has to offer currently.
Asked during a press conference in Buenos Aires about who he rates the best in F1, Alonso said, as quoted by Motorsport.com: “There’s a reason why the drivers in the series are up there. It is not by chance, it is because they are the best.
“In F1 it is difficult to choose the best because it changes a lot from year to year and from car to car. There are drivers who are fast over one lap and others at the starts. There are others who are consistent and others who are very aggressive.
“I would say that right now it [the best] is Max Verstappen. He is a driver that I like to follow. This year I’ve watched the races on television and I like to see him because he is always in attack mode.
“If you see that he is third and catches the guy in second, you know he won’t stay there. You know he will try at some point [to get past] and that to the fans is something exciting.
“But that aggressiveness also makes you lose points because you have more problems. It is difficult to find the balance.”
Alonso left F1 at the end of 2018 to explore opportunities outside of the series, and he admits that he has met very talented drivers throughout the world of motorsport.
“After having raced in endurance, in Daytona, in the Indy 500 and in some rallies over the years, you see drivers from whom you learn a lot and they teach you a lot. It’s hard to pick just one driver,” he explained.