Fernando Alonso has shared a video message for Max Verstappen to welcome the Red Bull driver to the two-time World Champion club. Verstappen clinched his second title in a shortened Japanese Grand Prix, with the Dutchman's victory in the race handing him enough of a points advantage over Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez to seal the championship with four races still to go. This means that Verstappen joins Alonso in having two titles to his name, and Alonso has praised the 25-year-old's achievement.
Alonso congratulates "exceptional" Verstappen
Speaking in a video posted on Alpine's social media accounts, Alonso said: "Congratulations to Max and Red Bull. "It was outstanding, the job that they have been doing this year. When you win a championship [with] four races to the end, it means that you did something exceptional. "Congratulations, welcome to the club!" While Alonso has not been able to add to his tally of championships, the Spaniard has wished Verstappen the best for his own career prospects. However, he also hopes to see the 2022 World Champion face a more competitive field when he fights for a third title in 2023. "Hopefully you [will have] more luck than what I had!" Alonso – who will move from Alpine to Aston Martin next season – joked in the video. "Next year, hopefully you will have more competition than this year, and I'm [hoping to be] on that spot as well."
Congratulations @Max33Verstappen and welcome to the ✌️ 2x World Champions club. #JapaneseGP @alo_oficial pic.twitter.com/9pEIAjMkVP — BWT Alpine F1 Team (@AlpineF1Team) October 9, 2022