May 30 - F1 legend Gerhard Berger says Fernando Alonso's 2023 season reminds him of his own past.

Back-to-back reigning champion Max Verstappen looks set to cruise to a third consecutive title this season - with fellow two-time champion Alonso, 41, increasingly shaping up as his main rival apart from Sergio Pérez.

"I read somewhere that Verstappen and Perez is the repeat of Senna against Prost. Yes, Verstappen is in this league," Berger told Kronen Zeitung newspaper.

"Perez is doing his best to stay close to Max, but to me it looks like Verstappen is going it alone."

That leaves Aston Martin's Alonso as the only real challenger behind the dominant Red Bulls - a situation Berger says reminds him of 1988 when McLaren won almost every race while he trailed home in third place for Ferrari.

"I was in the same role that Alonso is in today," said the 63-year-old Austrian.

In that year, Senna and Prost won 15 of the 16 grands prix in 1988 - with Berger the only non-McLaren driver to break the perfect run.

"I look back on it with fondness," Berger said. "Not because I beat the McLarens, but because it was a special story to win with Ferrari in Monza.

"The 1988 season reminds me a bit of this year. These are similar circumstances. I was like Alonso, in the waiting position, often at the front, waiting for something to happen."

Berger, however, isn't sure Red Bull can break McLaren's record of winning almost 95 percent of all the grands prix in a single season.

"We can't forget that there are many more races than there used to be," he said. "So it's hard to believe that all the races will be run without incidents or technical problems.

"But purely in terms of performance, it is certainly possible," Berger warned.

So even if a clean-sweep for Red Bull is unlikely, Berger thinks Verstappen is in line to eventually smash all of the existing F1 records.

"I'm confident Max can break all the existing records in Formula 1, including Hamilton's 103 wins. He says it's not important to him, but that will change in the future."

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5 F1 Fan comments on “Berger's bold prediction: Verstappen to smash all F1 records

  1. Jere Jyrälä

    We'll see, but possible if Red Bull remains the outright fastest for the long-term, including beyond the next technical regulation overhaul, albeit Max's long-term commitment also affects this scenario.
    He's under contract until 2028, but he's also said a few times he could quit competing in F1 relatively early in certain circumstances.

  2. f1award

    Will depend on whether he lets RB employ a decent team mate, still thinking Leclerc might go to mercedes but would MV ever relent and allow such a top notch driver to complete with with equal machinery.

  3. shroppyfly

    We've had no retirements yet from Max, i expect a new engine for Spain, or at least certain parts changed , i said at Imola they'd change , ok Monaco the used motors can cope, But until hes 50+ points ahead retirements will be key Imo

  4. smokey

    I agree with Berger, although the Ferrari pit wall was more astute when he was driving for Ferrari! I can't see Ferrari pleasing the tifosi at Monza, unless they change some personnel who are calling the shots on the pit wall.
    RB has the best team at the moment, from Adrian Newey and Christian Horner right through to their crews and drivers. They may not always get their strategy right, but the other teams make more mistakes. On current form, the only driver with a chance of breaking RB's dominance is Fernando Alonso.

    • shroppyfly

      Easy for some to forget under Horner they have won 6 WDCs, remind the eejits that post on here how many bosses Mcl and Ferrari and others have had in that time lol
      Ok one short of Torger but He had a winning team on a plate laid out for him, With Mr Spice they had to work for it .


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