Max Verstappen says he wished he’d had the chance to race properly with Fernando Alonso during his F1 career.
“It’s a bit of a shame, I never really raced against him. Of course he was in F1 but I never really had a fight with him because he’s always been in the back because of the issues they’ve had.
“That’s one thing I regret: I’ve been racing against Seb [Vettel], I’ve been racing with Lewis [Hamilton] already and that’s been nice but never with Fernando. Back in the day when I was watching TV he was always the one really fighting them as well.
“Of course it’s nice that I race with him but I never fought against him, which is a shame.”
Verstappen said he doesn’t have a relationship with Alonso outside F1 but there is respect between the two of them. “He’s always been super-nice to me and I really appreciate that.”
Valtteri Bottas said he considered Alonso a “legend” when he watch him win the world championship for Renault in 2005 and 2006.
“The main things I remember as a kid watching him winning the championships, he was kind of a legend at that time,” said Bottas in response to a question from RaceFans.
“Now I’ve been racing him for a while. He’s always a tough guy to race with. A little bit less so the last couple of years with such a difference between the performance in the cars
“But he’s a racer, he loves racing. I’m sure he’s going to carry on driving. He’s had a long career in Formula 1, achieved a lot, I respect his skills and that he shares the same passion as all of us.”
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