Fernando Alonso's former teammate Giancarlo Fisichella believes that the Aston Martin driver can win a third Formula 1 World Championship before he retires from the sport.
Alonso is currently seeking his 33rd win in F1 after achieving four podium results out of five so far in the 2023 season, putting him in third place of the Drivers' standings.
Hopes are high for what Aston Martin can achieve at the upcoming Monaco Grand Prix as they look to close the gap to championship leaders Red Bull.
Much time has passed since Alonso won his two Formula 1 titles in 2005 and 2006 but, Fisichella – who raced alongside the Spaniard at Renault during his championship-winning years – has backed the 41-year-old to win another.
Fisichella backs Alonso for championship success
"I think Fernando, with a good car, can win another championship," Fisichella told Sky Sports News.
"Fernando Alonso is getting older but getting quicker – I don't know how he can do it!
"Fernando was my teammate in 2005 and 2006. We won the Drivers' and Constructors' Championships together for Renault. It was fantastic to work with him.
"I'm happy for him to be in this shape and scoring these podiums race after race."
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Aston Martin have made a significant improvement for 2023; the squad currently sit P2 in the Constructors' Championship, while they ended the 2022 campaign down in seventh.
Fisichella has been impressed by how quickly the team's step forward has happened.
"This year they are really, really strong – the car is so good," the Italian said.
"Especially in race distance, it looks like the best car with the degradation of the tyres.
"Aston Martin is an incredible team. They have grown up very quickly."
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