user icon

Verstappen: A shame to have never raced Alonso

  • Published on 25 Nov 2018 11:08
  • comments 0
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Max Verstappen admits that he regrets not racing Fernando Alonso more commonly in Formula 1. Alonso is entering his final planned F1 race on Sunday, and will not be around in a racing seat in the pinnacle series next season.

Although he won't be racing, Alonso will still hold some form of role with McLaren, possibly on its pitwall. Verstappen and Alonso have shared the circuit since Verstappen debuted in the sport in 2015 with Toro Rosso, but the Dutchman said that their paths rarely crossed on the circuit.

"It’s a bit of a shame, I never really raced against him," the 21-year-old said. "Of course he was in F1 but I never really had a fight with him because he’s always been in the back because of the issues they’ve had. That’s one thing I regret: I’ve been racing against Seb [Vettel].

"I’ve been racing with Lewis [Hamilton] already and that’s been nice but never with Fernando. Back in the day when I was watching TV he was always the one really fighting them as well. Of course it’s nice that I race with him but I never fought against him, which is a shame.”

Alonso also shared the F1 circuit with Max's father Jos for two seasons. When Alonso made his debut in 2001, Verstappen senior was driving for Arrows before spending a year away and arriving back in 2003 with Minardi.

Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas added that he considers Alonso a legend of the sport, watching him compete when he was making his way up the racing ladder: "The main things I remember as a kid watching him winning the championships, he was kind of a legend at that time,” said the Finn.

“Now I’ve been racing him for a while. He’s always a tough guy to race with," Bottas continued. "A little bit less so the last couple of years with such a difference between the performance in the cars.

“But he’s a racer, he loves racing. I’m sure he’s going to carry on driving. He’s had a long career in Formula 1, achieved a lot, I respect his skills and that he shares the same passion as all of us," the former Williams driver concluded.

Replies (0)

Login to reply

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

Related news

World Championship standings 2022

Show full world champion standings

Test calendar

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Will Bottas challenge Hamilton for the world championship in 2020?

Driver profile

  • Team Red Bull Racing
  • Points 1,893
  • Podiums 73
  • Grand Prix 157
  • Country NL
  • Date of b. Sep 30 1997 (25)
  • Place of b. Hasselt (Belgie), NL
  • Weight 70 kg
  • Length 1.8 m
Show full profile

Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2022

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Spain
-
Bahrain
18 - Mar 20
Bahrain
25 - Mar 27
Saudi Arabia
8 - Apr 10
Australia
22 - Apr 24
Italy
6 - May 8
United States of America
20 - May 22
Spain
27 - May 29
Monaco
10 - Jun 12
Azerbaijan
17 - Jun 19
Canada
1 - Jul 3
United Kingdom
8 - Jul 10
Austria
22 - Jul 24
France
29 - Jul 31
Hungary
26 - Aug 28
Belgium
2 - Sep 4
Netherlands
9 - Sep 11
Italy
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2022

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
18 - Mar 20
25 - Mar 27
Saudi Arabia Jeddah Street Circuit
8 - Apr 10
Australia Albert Park
22 - Apr 24
6 - May 8
United States of America Miami International Autodrome
20 - May 22
27 - May 29
Monaco Monte Carlo
10 - Jun 12
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
17 - Jun 19
1 - Jul 3
United Kingdom Silverstone
8 - Jul 10
Austria Red Bull Ring
22 - Jul 24
France Paul Ricard
29 - Jul 31
Hungary Hungaroring
26 - Aug 28
2 - Sep 4
Netherlands Circuit Zandvoort
9 - Sep 11
Italy Monza
See full schedule
show sidebar