Fernando Alonso says he hasn't given up hope of winning F1 world title

‘We are relying on weekends where Red Bull have issues’: Fernando Alonso insists he has NOT given up hope of taking the F1 world title from dominant Max Verstappen after second-place finish at the Monaco Grand Prix

  • Fernando Alonso has insisted he is not giving up hope of winning the world title
  • Max Verstappen claimed first place in Monaco, with Alonso coming second 
  • He also claimed Aston Martin were relying on slip-ups from the Red Bull team

Fernando Alonso has not given up hope of wresting the world title from Max Verstappen at the age of 41.

The evergreen Spaniard, revitalised at Aston Martin, finished second to the Dutchman in Monaco, and then insisted his 51-point deficit does not spell the end of his ambitions.

‘The championship is long and we will not give up,’ said Alonso. ‘The Red Bull is untouchable, and even with great results we are behind them.

‘But we didn’t have the best car at Ferrari in 2010 and we led the championship heading into the final race in Abu Dhabi.

‘We are relying on weekends where Red Bull have issues. If Max has one or two of those, we will be a little bit closer in the championship. This is motorsport and anything can happen.’

Fernando Alonso (middle) claimed his fifth podium finish at the Monaco Grand Prix today after he finished in second place

But he admits he still has hopes that his side can wrestle the title off dominant Max Verstappen (second from left) 

Alonso also admitted that Aston Martin would have to ‘rely on weekends where Red Bull have issues’

There was a chance he might have won yesterday but for the decision to stick on slicks as the rain started. 

Next lap, as conditions worsened, he returned to the pits for intermediates. 

Asked about what in hindsight was clearly an error, Alonso said: ‘For me, it was clear that the lap we stopped was completely dry so why would we put on inters? Ninety nine per cent of the track was dry.’

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