- Fernando Alonso has cautioned the Red Bull driver that success can come and go
- Verstappen is in a prime position to topple Alonso in World Championships
- Before joining McLaren and competing against Lewis Hamilton, Alonso won his two World Championships in 2005 and 2006
In light of Max Verstappen’s continued dominance in Formula 1, Fernando Alonso has cautioned the Red Bull driver that success can come and go as quickly as it came.
Verstappen is in a prime position to topple Alonso in World Championships since he now holds a 53-point advantage following his victory at the Spanish Grand Prix.
He is well on course in his pursuit of a third title championship. However, even if it currently appears that Red Bull will continue to dominate the circuit, Alonso is aware of what it’s like to feel in control one minute and then struggle the next.
Before joining McLaren and competing against Lewis Hamilton, Alonso won his two World Championships in 2005 and 2006.
Since winning a race more than ten years ago, Alonso’s feat with Renault has remained his lone championship triumph.
The Aston Martin driver feels that Verstappen has many other races to add his to winning streak but he should be careful.
“Until the regulations change in 2026, Red Bull will contend for the championships so there will be many chances for Max to win races. 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, Alonso said during an interview with PA news agency.
“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.”
Red Bull is the current leading constructor in the championship but the field is loaded with incredible talent.
Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes is the most formidable Red Bull rival but there are other top talents such as Lando Norris, three world champions, and Charles Leclerc.
Even at the age of 41, Alonso is having a good 2023 season and is second in the Drivers’ standings.
Verstappen and Aston Martin team have both received warnings from Alonso that the third-place finisher won’t lag behind for long.
Even with dreams to win yet another title, Alonso is alive to the fact that Hamilton is still in the game chasing his eighth championship title.
He is sure that the Mercedes driver will eventually achieve this some time to come. The Spaniard F1 driver says that Hamilton is a highly capable driver with the boost of an overall strong team.
“Lewis [Hamilton] will be in contention for the eighth title. 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,” the Aston Martin driver says.