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Emerson Fittipaldi: Fernando Alonso can win 2018 F1 championship

Release time:  2017-11-02 Release source:  GMM author:  ADNose browse:  73


Formula 1 legend and two-time champion Emerson Fittipaldi thinks Fernando Alonso could have a title-winning car on his hands next year.

McLaren is switching from Honda to Renault power for 2018, and Fittipaldi thinks that could be the Alonso needs to get back to the podium.

"I think it will be much better," Fittipaldi, 70, a two-time world champion in the '70s, told Spanish AS newspaper. "I think Fernando is the best, and I also think McLaren has a great car," said Fittipaldi at the Mexican Grand Prix. "As Alonso said the other day, it is a great car in the corners. So if they continue with that quality of chassis and aerodynamics with the Renault engine next year, they can fight for podiums, victories and even the title."

Fittipaldi also sees potential greatness in F1's other Spanish driver and Alonso's 2018 teammate, Carlos Sainz.

"He is in a good place with Renault, and I see him going step by step to the top," he said. "The future is his along with drivers like (Max) Verstappen."