Max Verstappen quipped that Fernando Alonso is “a bit old” now, but is still very much aware of what he can do on the first lap of a race.
Alonso will be starting alongside Verstappen on the front row for the Canadian Grand Prix after a sensational lap in mixed conditions in Montreal, with the Alpine driver taking his first top-two start since 2013 as a result.
The 40-year-old said with a wink on the grid that he’ll be attacking the World Championship leader heading into the first corner on Sunday, with a mixed-up order setting up what could be an exciting race on Sunday.
Verstappen took pole comfortably in the end in his Red Bull, but when it comes to getting off the line, the Dutchman knows all too well about how much ground Alonso can make up early on in races.
“To be on the front row together with Fernando, I mean, I used to look at F1 as a little kid and seeing Fernando being up there and winning his races and championships and putting it on poles,” Verstappen said…