Fernando Alonso believes Max Verstappen is the favourite to take the 2021 F1 World Championship as the Dutchman is currently outperforming Lewis Hamilton.
Verstappen extended his lead atop the standings to 18 points following a dominant victory at the Styrian Grand Prix. The Spaniard is pleased to see serious competition for the title after years of Mercedes dominance, though he knows things can change quickly despite the Dutchman's performance up to now.
“At least we don’t have like previous years that it was Lewis against Lewis and sometimes Valtteri [Bottas], but not often,” Alonso told RacingNews365.com and other members of the media.
“So at the moment we have a more interesting championship so we can follow with a little bit more adrenaline until Abu Dhabi. I think that’s a good thing.
“[My] favourite at the moment probably is Max, because he’s performing better. But things can change quickly depending on the performance of all the teams and the updates to the car, et cetera. So we will follow from a distance.”
Sunday's Austrian Grand Prix will complete a triple-header of races, which Alonso believes was good for the sport.
"I'm enjoying not only the two Red Bull Ring races, but also that together with France will make it three in a row," Alonso added. "That's good for racing.
"It was nice to have a few days off and now I'm ready for the last weekend."