The ninth position is where Fernando Alonso will start the Mexican Grand Prix, and the Spaniard has a history of causing controversy in the paddock. He stirred up some controversy again, most recently during the weekend of this season’s Mexican Grand Prix.
However, the two-time World Champion has enjoyed a blissful weekend thus far after qualifying ninth for the main event set to happen at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez Circuit on Sunday.
The 41-year-old’s record at the Mexico City circuit is quite dismal; He has never placed higher than ninth. Alonso has only scored two points finishes in his five races at the track, finishing P13 in 2016 and retiring from the race in both 2015 and 2018.
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The Spaniard should score some points this weekend now that the 30-second time penalty from the United States Grand Prix last weekend was reversed after Alpine filed an appeal. The experienced driver has been strong lately, but this weekend he was able to upset a few people on the circuit.
Max Verstappen’s two World Championships are “worth more” than Lewis Hamilton’s seven, Alonso inexplicably claimed to De Telegraaf.
He fired out at the media on Twitter after declaring that he was ‘tired of the continuous search for headlines’ after reporters from all over the world quoted bits and pieces of what he had said.
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He tweeted: “And again… Please, all the titles are amazing, well-deserved and inspiring. Incomparable to each other and let’s enjoy champions and legends of our current time. Tired of the continuous search for headlines. Let’s enjoy them.”
Alonso’s tweet is in response to something he said, which was brought up in the comments section. “This is what YOU said,” a follower commented, attaching a photo with the relevant quote from Alonso’s interaction with De Telegraaf.
The content in the photo contained the claim Alonso made to De Telegraaf, it read: “Max’s titles are worth more than Hamilton’s,”
Alonso replied cryptically saying: “I have a lot of respect for Lewis but it’s different when you win seven world championships having only had to fight against your teammate,”
Even though their stint at McLaren ended in 2007, the former teammates do not appear to be on the most positive of terms. Only Alonso knows why he chose to say what he did; nonetheless, it has certainly piqued the interest of the F1 community.
Given that Verstappen has already tied Alonso’s two World Championships and has more victories than the Alpine driver, the two drivers have appeared to be very close recently.
As Verstappen is refusing to speak to Sky Sports F1 this weekend in retaliation to remarks made by their journalist, Ted Kravitz, the British media is unlikely to hear of the Red Bull driver’s reaction to the situation during the Mexican Grand Prix.