Fernando Alonso announced his ‘retirement’ from F1 a few months ago, bidding the sport good bye in an emotional Twitter post.
Alonso had endured multiple frustrating seasons with McLaren, wherein a tussle with the Honda engine meant that McLaren were not able to put forth competitive performances.
McLaren used to claim of a very superior chassis, one that couldn’t quite be unleashed because of the poor performance of the Honda engine.
However, despite making the switch to Renault, McLaren have still not been able to extract the kind of performance that they would have expected from their package.
Now, the frustration of multiple poor seasons, and other kinds of motorsport interesting him, Alonso made the decision to move on.
But, his recent comments suggest that he hasn’t quite given up on F1 yet and the 2019 year could just be a sabbatical year for Alonso.
Alonso has also ruled out an entire season in IndyCar, as it demands a lot of preparation.
@alo_oficial : “I need to rest and recover my motivation, that’s why I do not want to do a full Indycar season, because it would be the same as staying in Formula 1. Maybe I’ll get it back in 2020 and return to Formula 1. I could go back”#F1 #Legend pic.twitter.com/erj010s9FG
— NicoleNinaF1 (@NicoleNinaF1) October 21, 2018
— IndyStar (@indystar) October 21, 2018
“I do not believe it, it’s something that is out of reach now, because it needs a lot of preparation, tests and dedication.” he said
“To enter a race and prepare it specifically, it could be possible , like in other series, like Nascar or others, but the whole campaign will not happen, I want to rest, recover my motivation and it would be a bit like continuing in F1, where in 2020, maybe I could also come back. ” he added.
Rumours have been doing the rounds that Alonso has acquired TV rights for IndyCar in Spain, a move that reportedly went through because Alonso was supposed to participate in IndyCar.
Alonso though has rubbished those rumours, saying nothing of that sort has happened, but now that the reports have come out, he could actually consider buying the TV rights for the same.
“I have also read it and to my knowledge we have not been negotiating any of that, but it has made me think that it would be a good idea and I will explore it, after those comments ” Alonso said.
Which team do you see Alonso joining if he decides to return to F1 in 2020. If Vettel fails to perform in 2019, could Alonso replace him at Ferrari?