Fernando Alonso is convinced that Max Verstappen will not crack in the fight for the championship, because he manages the pressure “better than the others”.
Alonso made no secret of the fact that he was backing Verstappen in this year’s title fight, even telling Red Bull he had “tried” when he held back Lewis Hamilton for several laps in the Grand Prix of. Hungary.
Hamilton is of course Verstappen’s rival for this year’s world title, with the Briton holding a two-point lead with seven races remaining.
As the tension between the two has grown on the right track, mind games have also increased with Hamilton saying he “understands and understands” the pressure the 24-year-old is under.
Verstappen responded by saying that while Hamilton thinks he feels pressure, he doesn’t know him at all.
Alonso agrees, saying he thinks the Red Bull driver is handling everything very well.
“He seems to handle pressure better than others,” he said.
“Each of us is different, but it seems like it doesn’t matter to him. Every weekend, he takes it race by race.
“I think this is the right approach for these remaining races.”
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Asked at the press conference whether fans would support if he did not compete, Verstappen said Alonso.
“If I wasn’t an F1 driver myself or I couldn’t do it, I would probably support Fernando, I like his style, the way he races,” said the Red Bull driver.
Regarding the Dutchman’s comments, Alonso said if he was seated at home he would turn his TV on Formula 1 only to watch Verstappen and George Russell in action.
The Spaniard has often sung the praises of the Williams driver, who he says is too far away from becoming an F1 winner.
“I’m happy to hear that, of course,” Alonso said of the comment from Verstappen supporters.
“I also said at the start of the championship, [when we had] not even started in Bahrain, the drivers who impressed me the most over the past two years when I was at home watching TV were George and his performance with the Williams, and Max.
“[They were] probably the two guys I turned on on TV [for]. And Danny [Ricciardo] because he was in the Renault, and this car was very interesting for me last year.
“They gave something extra, and that’s why I put [on] TV, so I’m glad to hear that from Max.