Verstappen 'getting old' – unaware of 100 mark with Red Bull!

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Verstappen 'getting old' – unaware of 100 mark with Red Bull!

Max Verstappen says time may have started to impact his memory as he wasn't aware that this weekend's Spanish GP will mark his 100th race with Red Bull Racing!

At just 23, the Dutchman is already a seasoned racer, having graduated to F1 in 2015 as the sport's youngest ever driver at 17 years of age.

After Verstappen's formative year with Toro Rosso and four races with the Faenza-based squad in 2016, Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko took the bold decision to promote the teenager to the energy drink's senior bull team in place of Daniil Kvyat.

Verstappen therefore duly made his debut with Red Bull at the Spanish GP in 2016. The blistering fast young talent qualified fourth but took his rivals and F1 by storm when he raced to a sensational outright win on race day, helped in part by the opening lap collision between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.

"Barcelona will always hold special memories for me," said Verstappen ahead of his return to the scene of his maiden F1 triumph.

"Your first F1 win is pretty emotional, especially when it is a bit of a shock to everyone as it was my debut for the team.

"I don’t really get emotional that often but I was pretty close to tears that day and so was my Dad.

"Everything flashes through your head of how you got to Formula 1. It wasn’t all easy and people think that when you are winning it looks pretty easy but you have to do the hard work to get there.

"Like all young drivers we spent a lot of time away from home, driving around Europe and working as hard as possible.

"Of course, I had a big help from my Dad who prepared me very well but there is no guarantee you will make it to Formula 2 but as a family that was always the goal.

"Suddenly, after the win, it all flashes through your head and it was an incredible day.

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"I’ve said it many times, my first win was a shock, nobody expected it, so it will be a day I will never forget. I’m very grateful to everyone who worked with me and got to that point at such a young age.

Since that memorable day, Verstappen has added 98 races and 10 more wins to his impressive track record, but the first number certainly wasn't on his mind ahead of this weekend's milestone event.

"Getting to 100 races with Red Bull has gone so quickly to be honest, I didn’t know it had been that many! I must be getting old!"

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Alonso sticks to his guns – still capable of driving 'better than ever'

Fernando Alonso's return to F1 has been a rather low-key affair so far, but the confident Spaniard continues... The post Alonso sticks to his guns – still capable of driving 'better than ever' appeared first on F1i.com.

Alonso sticks to his guns – still capable of driving 'better than ever'

Fernando Alonso's return to F1 has been a rather low-key affair so far, but the confident Spaniard continues to believe that he is still capable of driving "better than ever".

Alonso's first two races with Alpine were a batch of mixed fortunes. In Bahrain, the 39-year-old qualified among the top-ten, outpacing teammate Esteban Ocon, but drifted down the order in the race until his retirement due to a brake issue on lap 32.

At Imola, the two-time world champion lined up a lowly P15 on the grid and finished just outside the points, later admitting to having been disappointed by his performance.

Speaking to the media ahead of last Sunday's Portuguese Grand Prix, where he scored his first points with Alpine, Alonso said his opening performances haven't eroded his belief in his ability to race successfully at the highest level.

"I'm still thinking the same – that I am at one point in my life where I feel good, and I feel capable of driving better than ever," he said.

"But, that doesn't mean that you don't find difficulties while entering a new adventure, or in this [case a] comeback.

"At the same time, I had one weekend where I was not totally comfortable – in Imola.

"And the problem is that in Formula 1 there is a lot of media, a lot of articles, and unfortunately two weeks between races, because if it was back-to-back from Imola to [Portimao], there [would have been] much less talk!"

Except for the great Niki Lauda, comebacks in F1 have historically been challenging affairs for those returning to the grid after a multi-year hiatus.

But Alonso fends off the statistics and urges his doubters to take stock of his results at the end of the year.

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"I don't tend to agree with this, and things are getting bigger than what it is," he added.

"I was the first to admit that I was not 100% in Imola, and not comfortable, and probably underperforming.

"But it was one race, and one race that with that underperformance I finished two tenths of a second behind my teammate!

"So, you know, it cannot be a big thing. At the end of the year, we talk.

"At the end of the year, if I underperform the whole season, and everything was more difficult than expected, ok, maybe there is a point to really discuss and go deep into the questions of why it is more difficult than the previously or something.

"But, in Bahrain, I was happy and probably overperforming, in Imola, underperforming."

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