Fernando Alonso will decide whether to return to F1 or not in the next few months, the former F1 champion said. Alonso quit Formula 1 at the end of 2018 after a couple of difficult years with McLaren.
The 38-year old Spaniard is currently competing in the Dakar Rally for the first time. Still, he was named has been linked with an F1 return over the past 12 months. Here’s what the racecar driver told the El Partidazo de Cope program:
“First I finish the Dakar, then I do the Indianapolis 500, and in the summer I will have to make a decision.”
“I have the idea of returning to Formula 1. I feel like a Formula 1 driver, it’s what I like most and it’s what I know how to do best. I don’t know if I will return or not, but I will think about these next two or three years of my career in the summer. I will decide in the next few months.”
“It is the top category of motor racing, but it also has its disadvantages. Formula 1 requires complete dedication of your life. I already had 18 years of that and now I have to assess whether I want to do two or three more years of that or not.”
Alonso leaves the door open for teams
The former two-time F1 champion denied holding discussions with his former team Ferrari over a full-time race seat.
“I must look at the teams that are available or interested,” he said. “I have to put everything on the table.”
“I have not talked to them [Ferrari]. I think the journey with Ferrari was nice but I don’t think it’s time to talk about a return. I also believe their bet on the future with Leclerc is quite clear. For 2021, we need to see who will be competitive, and maybe Ferrari will not be among the favorites. We will see.”