Fernando Alonso still possesses the ability to triumph in a championship battle and could claim a third before he retires, according to ex-Formula 1 driver Giancarlo Fisichella.
Alonso has enjoyed a strong start to the 2023 season, his first with the Aston Martin squad.
The Spaniard has scored four podiums in the first five rounds of the campaign, only missing out on a top-three finish at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
Fisichella is well accustomed to Alonso’s speed, as the duo were paired together during Alonso’s title-winning seasons in 2005 and 2006.
Despite being almost 42 years of age, Alonso has shown no signs of slowing down – and Fisichella firmly believes that his former team-mate could still win out in an F1 title fight.
“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 team-mate 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.”
Alonso recently spoke about the prospect of winning a third F1 title to the New York Times, stating it would be an “unprecedented” achievement.
His chance to contend for another title could come with the Aston Martin team, who has rocketed towards the front of the F1 field this season.
Fisichella commended the growth of the Silverstone-based squad.
“This year they are really, really strong – the car is so good. Especially in race distance it looks like the best car with the degradation of the tyres,” he said.
“Aston Martin is an incredible team. They have grown up very quickly.”