Fernando Alonso has rightly earned all kinds of praise after his extraordinary performance at the Interlagos Circuit in the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Praise has been showered on him from everywhere, not only from the press but also from great sportsmen and renowned F1 champions such as Damon Hill.
The former world champion in 1996 with Williams did not hesitate to praise the masterclass offered by the 42-year-old veteran.
When it seemed that he had lost the podium, the Aston Martin star pulled a final charge out of nowhere that allowed him to beat Checo Perez by only 0.053 in a drag race to the line.
“If anyone wants to sign a great up-and-coming talent with a great future,” Hill posted to X.com. “Here’s a guy called Fernando Alonso who drove like an old master in Brazil.”
Can he stay in the Top 5?
Alonso is having a great season, it’s not even disputed by his detractors. He is fourth in the overall drivers’ standings with 198 points and has achieved eight podiums (three second and five third), shows that the Asturian is able to do magic with the AMR23 as soon as the car is up to standard.
Now, in Las Vegas and Abu Dhabi, his goal is clear: to finish the year in the best possible way. The two-time F1 world champion has a hard time staying in the Top 5 because he has two very close competitors such as Lando Norris (fifth overall with 195 points) and Carlos Sainz (sixth with 192).
Further away is Charles Leclerc (seventh with 170) who is quick but with remarkable misfortune, and let’s not forget that ahead of him is Lewis Hamilton (third with 226).
The best thing for Alonso in Brazil is that he has been able to turn his situation around as he was on a run of a couple of painful blanks by scoring 15 big points.