Formula 1

Max Verstappen ‘charisma factor’ hailed as Fernando Alonso delivers emphatic praise

Fernando Alonso has revealed Max Verstappen’s ‘charisma’ kept him watching Formula One last season during his two-year break from the championship.

The two-time world champion took two years away from the sport in 2019-20 as he attempted the triple crown by winning the Indy 500, after victories in both the Monaco Grand Prix and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Alonso returned at the start of the season, with the newly named Alpine team, alongside Estaban Ocon and currently sits 11th in the driver standings.

But in his time away from the championship, Alonso admitted it was moments like the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone last year, where Verstappen stormed to victory, was the reason he kept tuning in.

“Last year, when I wasn’t racing, when I put the TV on, I put it on a little bit to see what Max was doing in that race because he was the only one who was going to do something,” said Alonso during an interview with

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