Fernando Alonso has backed his new Aston Martin teammate Lance Stroll to challenge Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen for the Formula 1 World Championship. Both Hamilton and Verstappen have dominated the sport in recent years.
The Englishman won five world championships in the space of six seasons between 2015 and 2020, before the Dutchman Verstappen took over, winning the previous two championships. The man who used to get the title is Spanish footballer Alonso.
The F1 veteran won two world championships in his career, respectively in 2005 and 2006. Ahead of his 21st season on the F1 circuit, Alonso will drive for his sixth Aston Martin.
While the 41-year-old has probably surpassed his personal best on the track, he continues to support his team to success, naming fellow newcomer Stroll as a future world champion. He said: “I would still be very proud if the team won without me in the car. I would be very proud of the process and my contribution to the project.
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“At Lance, the team has a very young, very talented driver who has the potential to be world champion. To see him achieve that and play a part in that, whether he’s behind the wheel or not, will be something special for me.”
He continued, “He’s got the pace, he’s got the talent. He’s shown that many times, especially in the wet. I remember Lance’s pole position in Turkey and some of his other excellent performances in the wet.”
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