Fernando Alonso yearns for ‘normalcy’ with McLaren this year. After having close to 3 seasons with reliability issues, Alonso hopes that this year McLaren would bring back that sense of calm in him, the calm that helps him reach the summit of the driver’s championship or at least be in contention for it.
The last few seasons have been difficult for Alonso, who even took to IndyCar racing last time round, and will be involved with the Toyota World Endurance Championship campaign, one that includes his Le Mans debut.
In 2017, Alonso was apparently about to end his F1 career in order to chase that triple crown, with wins in Le Mans and Indianapolis 500. Alonso revealed all of this in his exclusive interview with F1 Racing.
Yes, I did think about the possibility of changing series and stopping Formula 1,” he told F1 Racing.
“After I did the Indy 500 last year, when I came back there were a couple of races in Austria, Silverstone, when I thought, ‘Maybe next year I could try a different series; I could do full commitment to the triple crown and do Indy and Le Mans and maybe that’s the best thing’.
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“But I felt it was not the time for me to step out – not right now, not after these results, not with this feeling.
“I knew I would regret it for the rest of my life and that I would have this bad taste for the rest of my racing career.
“So definitely I still want to succeed. There is unfinished business for me and McLaren together.
“And I think this year is the time all these things will change. I feel pretty sure about that.” he added.
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Alonso had skipped the Monaco GP last year as he was racing at Indy.
There could have been motivation issues for Alonso in the last few seasons, however, he is confident that this season could bring back the glory days for McLaren.
“Yes – back to normality, back to this normal feeling of getting to every grand prix and preparing through practice and qualifying and knowing that you should be in the top five – and if you do well you could be on the podium.
“And if you do something really special, you could even be a winner.
“That motivation and that preparation have been the things I’ve missed.” Alonso concluded.
Fernando Alonso is now looking forward to the Australian Grand Prix, after suffering a dismal testing, wherein the McLaren came to a halt multiple times.