Two-time Formula 1 world champion Emerson Fittipaldi has revealed his admiration for Fernando Alonso, who he believes to be just as quick as Max Verstappen.
The now 42-year-old Alonso enjoyed what he described as his 'best season ever' in 2023, rejuvenated by his new Aston Martin team claiming eight podiums and finishing fourth in the drivers' championship.
Alonso hasn't won a drivers' title since 2006 and, other than a couple of close battles with Sebastian Vettel while at Ferrari, has rarely had a car that has been capable of propelling him to a third title.
Now, Fittipaldi has argued that if Alonso were alongside Verstappen in a Red Bull, he would provide a real challenge to the dominant Dutchman, perhaps playing down the Red Bull man's astonishing 2023 achievements.
“He is experiencing a top stage of his career, with a very good team and a very good car," he told Mundo Deportivo about Verstappen.
"He is performing like he did when Hamilton dominated with the Mercedes for a few years. He is taking advantage of it. He as a driver, the team and the car form a very competitive combination and are at their best.
“He is very fast, but surely, if you put Alonso in a Red Bull, he will be fast just the same.”
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