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F1 champion Max Verstappen wants to see Fernando Alonso back at the top of the grid

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F1 champion Max Verstappen wants to see Fernando Alonso back at the top of the grid as the Spaniard ‘deserves’ it due to his ‘never give up’ attitude

  • Max Verstappen is currently celebrating his first few months as F1 champion
  • The Red Bull star pipped Lewis Hamilton to the drivers’ title in dramatic fashion
  • Next year, Verstappen wants to see Fernando Alonso at the top of the grid
  • The Spaniard last won an F1 title in 2006 – his last Grand Prix win came in 2013
  • Alonso finished in 10th place in his first season as an Alpine driver last term 


Max Verstappen admits he would like to see Fernando Alonso at the front of the Formula One grid again in a glowing tribute to the two-time world champion.

Red Bull star Verstappen picked up his maiden F1 drivers’ title this season in thrilling circumstances, pipping Lewis Hamilton in the winner-takes-all race at Abu Dhabi on the final lap to take the championship. 

Spaniard Alonso, who turned 40 in 2021, finished 10th in his first season with the Alpine Racing team this year and Verstappen wants to see his F1 colleague at the top of the order next year.  

Max Verstappen (right) claims he would like to see Fernando Alonso (left) at the top of the F1 grid again

Max Verstappen (right) claims he would like to see Fernando Alonso (left) at the top of the F1 grid again

The Red Bull driver picked up his first drivers' championship in thrilling fashion this year

The Red Bull driver picked up his first drivers’ championship in thrilling fashion this year

‘I would like to see him back at the front,’ Verstappen told CarNext. ‘He really deserves it, he’s a two-time world champion. 

‘It’s also really nice to talk to him and see how he thinks about situations. He also (has) that “never give up” (attitude) and is a real fighter. Unfortunately, in the last few years, he hasn’t been able to do that at the front, because he doesn’t have the car.

‘But I like his attitude, he’s really on fire, (and has the) drive and motivation at his age to still be there in Formula 1, wanting to be there for a longer time. He always wants to win, he always wants to do the best. For me, it’s really nice to see.’

Alonso won the F1 drivers’ title in 2005 and 2006 with Renault and his last Grand Prix victory came in Spain eight years ago. 

Alonso (above) has not won the drivers' title since 2006 - his last F1 shift came in 2013

Alonso (above) has not won the drivers’ title since 2006 – his last F1 shift came in 2013

But the Alpine driver has been a major fan of Verstappen and said his controversial victory over Hamilton was ‘justice’ after the Red Bull star enjoyed a difficult 2021.

Hamilton led for most of the Abu Dhabi thriller but a crash by Nicolas Latifi enforced a safety car, with F1 director Michael Masi allowing the lapped cars to unlap themselves as the race reached its final lap.

As the race resumed, Verstappen overtook seven-time champion Hamilton on the final lap, leaving Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff fuming. 

‘That was pure luck, we have to be honest about that,’ Alonso told Dutch TV station Ziggo Sport earlier this month. ‘On the other hand, he was unlucky so often this season, now it’s more balanced. So it’s a little bit of justice.’ 

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