Max Verstappen says he wished he’d had the chance to race properly with Fernando Alonso during his F1 career.
Alonso will start his final planned F1 race for McLaren today. The pair first appeared in the same race at Sepang in 2015, but as Verstappen explained their paths have seldom crossed on-track.
“It’s a bit of a shame, I never really raced against him. 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.”
Verstappen said he doesn’t have a relationship with Alonso outside F1 but there is respect between the two of them. “He’s always been super-nice to me and I really appreciate that.”
Valtteri Bottas said he considered Alonso a “legend” when he watch him win the world championship for Renault in 2005 and 2006.
“The main things I remember as a kid watching him winning the championships, he was kind of a legend at that time,” said Bottas in response to a question from RaceFans.
“Now I’ve been racing him for a while. He’s always a tough guy to race with. 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.”
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