Fernando Alonso has been waiting almost a decade to win again in Formula 1, but world No.1 tennis star Carlos Alcaraz predicted that wait is coming to an end.
The 19-year-old has taken the tennis world by storm over the last year, claiming his first Grand Slam title win at the 2022 US Open which saw him shoot to the top of the ATP World Rankings.
But while Alcaraz is achieving great success at such a young age, Alonso is at the other end of the scale in the world of Formula 1, where he is proving that age is nothing but a number.
Two-time World Champion Alonso rolled the dice one last time in Formula 1 with Aston Martin, leaving Alpine behind to buy into the ambitious plans from the Silverstone-based squad to reach the summit of the series.
And so far that move is working out a treat, Alonso having joined the rampant Red Bull duo of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez on the podium at the opening two rounds of F1 2023, the Bahrain and Saudi Arabian GPs.
A pair of P3 finishes for Alonso then, and while Red Bull have started this season as an untouchable force, Alonso is seemingly in the best position of all right now to pounce should the reigning double champs encounter any further issues, a driveshaft failure having eliminated Verstappen from qualifying in Saudi Arabia for example.
Not since his home race in 2013, the Spanish Grand Prix, has Alonso taken to the top step of the podium, meaning it is now very nearly 10 years since Alonso won a grand prix.
However, after Alcaraz had defeated Tommy Paul in the Miami Open round of 16, he wrote a very special message on the camera.
“33? Soon” a reference to Alonso’s long-standing tally of 32 victories, which Alcaraz believes is soon to be added to – hopefully.
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Having posted the clip on Twitter, Alonso would reply to his compatriot in typical witty fashion, yet with a major show of respect for Alcaraz’s rampant form on the tennis scene.
Encierren a este hombre !!!😂😂😂😂
Eres un fenómeno 💪💪! Vamos!!! https://t.co/m7I9scmVhx
— Fernando Alonso (@alo_oficial) March 28, 2023
“Lock this man up !!!😂😂😂😂 You’re a phenomenon 💪💪! Come on !!!” Alonso tweeted.
Could Miami also be the place where Alonso ends this winless streak? Formula 1 will make its second visit to the Miami International Autodrome in May.
Of course though, Alonso will be hoping that it is the next stop of F1 2023, the Australian Grand Prix, where he can return to winning ways and give Aston Martin their first such triumph in Formula 1.