The Spaniard secured his finest results of the season within the Monaco Grand Prix as he took second place behind Verstappen within the rain-affected race.
However though Alonso’s fifth podium end of the yr has confirmed his spot as Purple Bull’s primary challenger, he has already slipped to 51 factors adrift of Verstappen within the drivers’ standings.
The present benefit that Purple Bull has over the remainder of the sector means there may be little hope of Alonso having the ability to take the problem to Verstappen in pure tempo phrases. However that has not left the double world champion pondering there isn’t any hope of the title this yr.
Alonso thinks that seasons like he had with Ferrari in 2010 and 2012 – the place he was in rivalry for the championship till the ultimate spherical regardless of not having the most effective automotive – have proven precisely what is feasible over the course of a marketing campaign.
Requested after the Monaco GP about his ideas on the title, Alonso mentioned: “Let’s examine. I believe in any of the opposite seasons that I keep in mind, again within the 2000s or early 2010s, I might be main the championship with the outcomes that I obtained this yr.
“However now there may be Purple Bull and Max dominating each race. Even with nice outcomes, you are simply stepping behind them, each race. So, I do not know.
“However we did not have the most effective automotive in 2010 and we arrived in Abu Dhabi main the championship. We did not have the most effective automotive in ’12 and we nonetheless fought for the championship till the final lap in Brazil. So, the championship is lengthy, and we won’t quit.
Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin Racing, Max Verstappen, Purple Bull Racing
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“We are going to want weekends the place Purple Bull has some points, like Sergio [Perez] had right here [in Monaco] with the DNF or zero factors. And if Max has one or two of these, we can be a bit bit nearer within the championship. That is motorsport. Something can occur. However on pure tempo, I believe we do not have an opportunity but. However we won’t quit, for positive.”
Alonso raised some eyebrows on the finish of the Monaco GP podium celebrations when he intentionally put considered one of his ft on the race winner’s step, a transfer that some thought was to ship a message about his victory aspirations.
However Alonso performed down these recommendations, saying he was not consumed by ideas of getting what can be his first win in F1 for a decade.
“I’ll all the time take an image on place one on the finish after the champagne,” mentioned Alonso. “So yeah, I touched it a couple of instances already this yr.
“I might like to obtain the trophy from there, however yeah, I am not getting obsessive about this to be trustworthy. I can be joyful preventing for the championship with solely second locations till the tip of the yr, or preventing for the championship subsequent yr. This yr is only a reward.
“What we’re having each weekend is only a celebration with the group. We did not count on this and that is only a build-up into subsequent yr, so hopefully good issues are coming.”