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Fernando Alonso has admitted he would love to race alongside Max Verstappen in the future with Le Mans seen as a potential target. The Aston Martin man has previously won the 24-hour race in the past but would be open to competing in it again alongside his ‘good friend’ Verstappen.
Verstappen has been the dominant force in Formula 1 this season with the likes of Alonso unable to keep up with the rampant Dutchman. The Spaniard has enjoyed something of an F1 renaissance in 2023 claiming four podiums in the first five races but these have usually come with Alonso far behind both Red Bull drivers given the RB19 scarcely believable speed.
However, the 41-year-old has not allowed it to get him down and he has been keen to praise Verstappen at every opportunity he has had. Now, Alonso has suggested he would like to race alongside the Dutchman in the future, suggesting the Le Man’s 24-hour race could be the perfect opportunity.
The Spaniard has won the race twice before in 2018 and 2019 but would like to try it again alongside Verstappen.
“In the future, for sure, if there is any opportunity [to race at Le Mans with Verstappen],” Alonso said. “We are very good friends, we are always in contact. I would love to do Le Mans – if I do Le Mans once again – with Max.
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“You know that [when] you pass the car [to your team-mates] – when you go to rest – [you are passing it to] the best [drivers], so your car is in the best hands. That would be an honour.”
Verstappen and Alonso have enjoyed something of a blossoming bromance over the course of the 2023 campaign and are regularly seen laughing and joking in the cooldown room together as they get ready to share the podium.
Despite Alonso being the greatest threat to Red Bull when it comes to race wins Verstappen has admitted he would like to see the Spaniard win more races as a reward for his career in Formula One.
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“I think Fernando should have won, already, a lot more races than he has done. I think he deserves a lot more,” Verstappen explained earlier in the season. “So I would be quite happy to see him win number 33. But I also, in a way, would like to see him win more. So, we’ll see in the coming races.”
Alonso has already admitted that he believes his best chance of seizing a race win this season will come in the next Grand Prix at Monaco with the tight street offering few chances for overtaking. Perhaps Verstappen may even be among those celebrating if he can do it.
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