Fernando Alonso tells Max Verstappen to his face when he will finally beat Red Bull star

Fernando Alonso has told Max Verstappen when he will beat the Dutchman after the pair exchanged words in the post-race cooldown room. The two world champions were watching back clips of the Grand Prix after Verstappen cruised to his third win of the season in Miami. 

After securing his fourth podium of the campaign, Alonso warned Verstappen that Aston Martin would soon be challenging for wins. The 41-year-old even set a date on a possible first win of the season, selecting Monaco at the end of May as a possible turning point. 

Alonso said: “In Monaco, it will be a lot different.” After the chequered flag, Alonso doubled down on his suggestions that the British manufacturer could be fighting the two Red Bull stars within weeks.

He added: “The car is amazing and it was a bit of a lonely race today. It’s never easy, but it was a lonely race. Everything was fine, we take the podium, and going into Imola, Monaco and Barcelona we hope to keep going.

“At the beginning of the year a podium was amazing, but now we want more.” Alonso qualified P2 for Sunday’s Miami Grand Prix after a late red flag led to a mixed-up grid. 

The Aston Martin driver held onto the position in the early stages but was eventually passed by Verstappen who was recovering from P9. The Dutchman swept past on lap 13, a dozen laps before Alonso predicted he would pass on Saturday night. 

Alonso was then unable to keep up with the leaders but had enough in the tank to secure third. His bid for the podium was aided after Carlos Sainz was handed a five-second time penalty for a pit lane infringement. 

Alonso’s prediction comes weeks after team boss Mike Krack also suggested the marque would be more competitive on slower circuits. He commented: “We have shortcomings on very long straights, it’s no secret. We’ve seen it and we have to work on it a lot. 

“On tracks where this doesn’t count as much is where we can have more confidence, but being fast in these races isn’t everything. You have to be fast, you have to finish, not make mistakes and then see what the result is.”

source: express.co.uk