Fernando Alonso in Red Bull’s sights: Will he replace Max Verstappen or “Checo” Pérez?  – The opinion

Fernando Alonso in Red Bull’s sights: Will he replace Max Verstappen or “Checo” Pérez? – The opinion


There is still a halo of uncertainty in the Red Bull team after the controversy that broke out after the accusation against Christian Horner for alleged improper behavior, a situation that ended up triggering numerous rumors among which the continuity of Max Verstappen.

The dispute between the director of the energy drink team and the father of the three-time Formula 1 world champion over an alleged love triangle caused speculation to begin about the future of the Dutch driver, stalked by Mercedes, but who has a contract until 2028. with the Austrians.

Added to this panorama is the fact that Sergio “Checo” Pérez ends his contract with Red Bull at the end of this season and although there was recently talk about the possibility that he has already agreed to a renewal, there is still no certainty that it is a true information.

The duo composed of Max Verstappen and Sergio "Czech" Pérez at Red Bull will most likely change starting next season in Formula 1.
The duo composed of the Dutch Max Verstappen and the Mexican Sergio “Checo” Pérez in the Red Bull team will most likely change starting next season of Formula 1.
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That is why hypotheses also began to arise about possible candidates to join the Austrian team next season and one of them is the experienced Spanish driver Fernando Alonso, who has the approval of the team’s boss, Christian Horner.

This was reported by Ralf Schumacher, former Formula 1 driver and current analyst for the Sky Sports network in its German version. The brother of the seven-time F1 champion pointed out that the Austrian boss views favorably the Spaniard who ends his contract with Aston Martin at the end of this season.

“Apparently there are already great intentions in the background to put Fernando Alonso in the cockpit next year to have another strong driver if Max Verstappen finally leaves the team”commented the German after the Australian Grand Prix that completed a weekend to forget at Red Bull.

Aston Martin's Spaniard, Fernando Alonso, has just finished sixth in the Australian Grand Prix behind the Mexican Sergio "Czech" Perez.
Aston Martin’s Spaniard, Fernando Alonso, has just finished sixth in the Australian Grand Prix behind the Mexican Sergio “Checo” Pérez who finished in fifth place.
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Ralf Scumacher also highlighted that Fernando Alonso would be willing to take on the challenge of sitting in one of the Red Bull cars. The 42-year-old Spaniard would see the Austrian team as the perfect opportunity to fight again for an F1 championship that he has already won twice.

“If Red Bull gave him a car he could win with, of course Alonso wants it! And you already saw what he did over the weekend (in Australia), how fast he was, how he changed gears, how he stopped George Russell from passing him. “He knows what he wants and I think he would fit in very well.”continued the German.

The 2024 Formula 1 season is just beginning and there is still a long way to go to know what the fate of Max Verstappen and Sergio “Checo” Pérez will be with the Red Bull team, which in any scenario would already be covering its back with a experience pilot.

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