Alonso: Verstappen 'deserves' to win F1 world title ahead of Hamilton

Max Verstappen ‘deserves’ to win the F1 world title ahead of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, says Fernando Alonso as he insists Red Bull racer has been ‘driving one step ahead of everyone’ this term

  • A thrilling F1 season comes to an end on Sunday at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
  • Title rivals Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton are tied on 369.5 points apiece
  • Fernando Alonso was an acrimonious team-mate of Hamilton at McLaren in 2007

Fernando Alonso has revved up the rivalry with his old-time foe Lewis Hamilton by declaring that Max Verstappen deserves to be crowned this year’s F1 world champion instead of him.

Verstappen and Hamilton go into the season finale at the Abu Dhabu Grand Prix on Sunday tied on 369.5 points apiece – although the former leads on the account he has more race wins (nine to eight).

The pair’s rivalry has transcended the sport and set up a mouthwatering showdown in Dubai with many fans split about who they want to win.

Max Verstappen has been backed to win the F1 world title on Sunday by Fernando Alonso

Verstappen is tied level on points with rival Lewis Hamilton (left) going into the season finale

Alonso believes Verstappen is more ‘deserving’ of the F1 title than his ex-McLaren team-mate

And Alonso, who was an acrimonious team-mate of Hamilton’s at McLaren in 2007, has weighed in with his thoughts stating that Red Bull racer Verstappen would be the more fitting champion than Mercedes’ Hamilton.

In explaining his reasoning, the Spaniard cited Verstappen’s breathtaking Q3 lap at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix as an example of him driving beyond the capabilities of the car.

‘Both of them are driving amazing and no mistakes and pushing the limits every race,’ Alonso said, as reported by Crash.

‘You see that they are first and second in every race because they are at another level – so that’s fantastic to see how they push each other. But I don’t know, this final race is going to be tense for sure for them, we will see.

Alonso was an acrimonious team-mate of Hamilton at McLaren in 2007 (pictured at the US GP)

‘It will depend on the package, a little bit. Mercedes I think are performing a little bit more now and they have won a couple of races since but Max is driving, in my opinion, one step ahead of all of us and we saw the lap in Jeddah until he touched the wall in the last corner.

‘That lap was coming from Max, not the Red Bull I think, but that’s my opinion. Mercedes, they deserve the constructors’ championship because I think their car is superior and Max maybe overall in the year was driving one step ahead of everyone.

‘It’s not that I support Max, I think he deserves it or he was driving, in my opinion as I said, everyone has a different opinion, I think he was driving that Red Bull to another level.

‘I think no advice because they are very well prepared, they are committed, they are fast, they are professional, no mistakes, both of them driving at the limits so I think it’s very interesting to watch from the outside. They are very well prepared and that’s good.’

Verstappen and Hamilton will be going wheel-to-wheel at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for the title

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