Fernando Alonso politely declined to give Red Bull and Max Verstappen a helping hand in Turkey, and for the rest of the season.
Formula One veteran Fernando Alonso refused to give Max Vertappen an edge over his title rival Lewis Hamilton, as the pair head into the business end of the season neck-and-neck in the drivers’ standings.
Yesterday’s Turkish Grand Prix saw Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valterri Bottas come out on top, as the Fin dominated from the front.
He finished ahead of Red Bull teammates Verstappen and Sergio Perez in second and third respectively, whilst 2020 world champion Hamilton was forced to settle with fifth.
Verstappen’s three-place advantage over his Mercedes title rival meant that the Dutchman leaped ahead of Hamilton in the drivers’ standings, to leave him six points ahead heading into the US Grand Prix in Texas.
With the pair battling it out at the top, two-time world champion Alonso has confirmed that he will be staying well out of their title fight despite claims from Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko.
As a result, Marko revealed ahead of the Grand Prix in Istanbul that he hoped Hamilton would struggle to find his way past some of Formula One’s prominent drivers in the middle pack, after he was dealt a grid penalty.
He also outlined Alonso as a potential key ally when commenting: “We know Alonso is not a big Hamilton fan, which we saw in Budapest.”
In spite of this the Spaniard insisted that he instead prefers to focus on his own race, rather than denying Hamilton the chance to break up the leaderboard despite Red Bull’s potential wishes.
When asked about Marko’s comments Alonso said: “I read that this morning. But I always run my own race. In Hungary, yes, we managed to fight Hamilton. But that was mainly due to the track. Mercedes and Red Bull are normally much too fast.”
The Spaniard went on to use the Italian Grand Prix when referencing the difficulty to compete with the Mercedes car, after Bottas came from last place to finish third at the event in Monza.
He therefore insisted that it is up to Red Bull themselves to fight their own battles if Verstappen is to continue his title charge.
He added: “Look at Monza, when Bottas started last and still finished on the podium. So of. “Brinkwire Summary News”.