Fernando Alonso’s future has been the subject of a lot of speculation in the last few years, especially after the three long seasons of frustration with that Honda powered McLaren car.
Honda is out and with Renault, McLaren have a reliable enough car but not a good enough car to be challenging for the title.
Alonso now is in the twilight of his F1 career and with his World Endurance Championship commitments(and maybe IndyCar from next year), his F1 future has been talked about a lot.
But Alonso has confirmed that it is not actually a ‘title winning car/team’ that will make him stay, in fact it will be F1’s direction(the future of the sport) that will make him want to stay put.
“The last championship car I had was 2007.” Alonso said.
“All the rest has been always quite far off from the performance at the top, or the winning team that season.
“So, 11 years after that moment, I don’t think there is a problem [with not having a car to win titles].
“The biggest thing for me is the direction that Formula 1 goes.
“I don’t think too much in how competitive you will be next year because it’s impossible to predict, it’s just about the sport.
“It’s a constructors’ world championship, it’s not a drivers’ world championship.” he tweeted.
Alonso had to retire in his 300th race in F1 last weekend and was definitely upset by it. He now feels that McLaren need to improve on performance and reliability both in order to stay relevant in the constructor’s championship.
“We saw at the beginning of the year how many points we scored and now we retire the car seventh in Monaco and 10 [in Canada] so we’ve lost points in the last two races,” he said.
“We have some problems with the car that we need to keep improving and see what happens in the next couple of months.
“It was definitely disappointing and frustrating. We were not competitive this weekend but at the same time we overtook a couple of cars at the restart and we were in the points.”