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According to many, the current dominance of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing is not fun and not good for the sport. However, for two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso, Verstappen’s dominance is a motivator.
Fernando Alonso has already come close to a possible victory several times this season. In Monaco the Spaniard could have won if his team had undercut Verstappen, in Zandvoort Alonso did not go all out during a restart after a red flag. It remains an unanswered question whether Alonso would have actually won in both cases.
In the meantime, however, it is Max Verstappen who is achieving one victory after another and has a record of ten F1 victories in a row. Boring, bad for the sport, … there are different opinions about it, but Fernando Alonso already sees a motivation in it.
“No, it is a motivation to reach that level,” Alonso answers when asked whether he finds it frustrating that Verstappen has become unbeatable. “During some weekends we are at that level, but in terms of performance such as in Zandvoort, Monaco or Canada the team struggles to get the full 100 percent out of the car, with the perfect strategy, pit stops and starts.”
“I feel connected to the car, I drive it so that I can get that extra percent out of it. Max just does it more often. He does that every race weekend and that is what I want to achieve in the future.”