Fernando Alonso issues warning to Max Verstappen amidst F1 domination

Sam Cooper
Fernando Alonso chatting to Max Verstappen during the press conference. Australia March 2023

Fernando Alonso chatting to Max Verstappen during the press conference. Australia March 2023

Fernando Alonso has warned Max Verstappen that success can disappear just as quickly as it arrives as the Red Bull man continues to dominate F1.

Verstappen looks in pole position to surpass Alonso in terms of World Championships as he already leads the competition by 53 points in his quest for a third title.

But even while it now looks like Red Bull will be dominant for years to come, Alonso knows one or two things about feeling on top of the world one minute then struggling the next.

Alonso won his two World titles in 2005 and 2006 before a move to McLaren where he found life much harder up against Lewis Hamilton. Alonso’s success with Renault remains his last title victory and it has been over a decade since he won a race.

“Until the regulations change in 2026, Red Bull will contend for the championships so there will be many chances for Max to win races,” Alonso told the PA news agency.

“He is young, the calendar is longer than ever before, with 24 opportunities to win every year, so he can break the records along the way.

“But there are also no guarantees. When I won two championships [in 2005 and 2006], I thought I would win a few more and have a lot of wins, so Max cannot relax because things can change quickly.”

While Red Bull may be the dominant constructor currently, the grid is full of immense talent including three world champions, 10 race winners and highly-rated prospects such as Lando Norris and Charles Leclerc.

Even Alonso at the age of 41 is producing strong performances in 2023 and leads the Drivers’ standings behind the Red Bull pair. Alonso has warned both Verstappen and his own Aston Martin team that the third world champion will not stay behind for long.

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“Lewis [Hamilton] will be in contention for the eighth title,” the Spaniard said.

“I don’t know if that will be next year, or in the future, but he will have another chance of winning the championship, that is for sure.

“Mercedes are a very strong team, and Lewis is a very strong driver. He doesn’t forget how to drive from one season to the next.

“The Mercedes car is not an easy one to drive and it is not a fast car, but you see every weekend that Lewis is always there – fourth, fifth, fourth, and he was second in Australia. He is driving on top of the car.”