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Max Verstappen warns Red Bull over Fernando Alonso move

The Red Bull star has weighed in on the team possibly signing Alonso as his team-mate

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Max Verstappen has opened the door to driving alongside Fernando Alonso at Red Bull next season, but he has warned the Formula 1 team they could be going against their values in doing so.

The 42-year-old has shown he can be competitive for Aston Martin by finishing on the podium seven times in 2023. He has continued his impressive run of results this year, finishing fifth at the Japanese Grand Prix – a performance that was highly commended as many believed he had outperformed the AMR24 car.

If Red Bull decide to replace Sergio Perez, who is also without a drive as it stands for 2025, Alonso may be seen as the most attractive and attainable option. But Verstappen has cast doubt on the move as it goes against the team’s principles.

Fernando Alonso during 2024 Japanese GP | Aston Martin F1 Team
Fernando Alonso during 2024 Japanese GP | Aston Martin F1 Team

“I don’t care who sits next to me. I also said that to the team. I always believe in myself and in my opinion I am not the boss of everyone. But if you ask me, I would find it strange to sign a 42-year-old driver,” Verstappen told De Limburger.

“Red Bull has always had the tradition of training young drivers itself. The signing of Sergio Perez was a departure from that trend, especially with a 42-year-old driver.

“[It’s not that] I can’t get along with Fernando, that’s not it, but I also look at the future of the team. Ultimately, it is up to them to determine who drives where.”

Alonso weighing up his future

Alonso’s contract expires at the end of the season and, in March, Spaniard publicly confirmed he would assess his options ahead of next year, including a possible retirement from motorsport.

Two races later and the two-time world champion is no closer to deciding what lies ahead, although he hinted the gap to Verstappen will be factored into his next decision.

“It goes either way. I had a lot of fun, which is great to keep on racing. I had one of my best weekends ever in driving,” Alonso said to the press in Japan. “[But] I am 44 seconds behind the leader, so it doesn’t feel that attractive at the same time, so let’s see.”

Joe Krishnan
Joe Krishnan
Joe Krishnan is an NCTJ-qualified journalist who has worked for a number of media organisations, including the Daily Express, The Mirror, Evening Standard, The Independent and Bleacher Report. Joe has been following F1 since when he watched Mika Hakkinen clinch the 1999 drivers' championship, and his first taste of real-life racing action was watching David Coulthard spin off into the gravel at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in 2001.
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