Fernando Alonso announced his first retirement/sabbatical from the sport late last season, when he let the F1 fraternity know that his interests lay elsewhere and that he was looking to chase his dreams in others forms of motorsport.
Ever since that announcement, Alonso has often teased fans about a return to F1, but not unless he achieves his ‘motorsport dream’.
Alonso has now confirmed that he did not really say goodbye and just meant it as a ‘see you later’.
His major motivation to come back to the sport though will be victory and victory alone. The Spaniard is desperate for a 3 world title and has admitted that it would be ‘the greatest joy’.
“I always said it is ‘see you later’, not goodbye,” Alonso said as quoted by Corriere della Sera.
“Now I have new challenges to face with the right tools to win, while in Formula 1 there were no conditions to do the same.
“I do not have plans for 2020. Of course, winning a third title would be the greatest joy.” he added.
Age won’t be a factor in Alonso coming back, with the Spaniard pointing out that Schumi raced till he was 43.
“Schumacher raced until he was 43,” Alonso said.
“If you feel strong, you do not need to look at your age. You race until you realise that someone is stronger than you.” he added.
Alonso then also went onto extend his support to Robert Kubica, who has made a miraculous return to F1 and will have his hands full next season.
“His story is simply unbelievable, because a few months ago it seemed that all the opportunities had been missed,” he said.
“But now he will race as though he has nothing to lose.” he added.
Alonso also commented on Leclerc, and provided some very important ‘second half of the season’ suggestions for him.
“I can only remind Leclerc that the fate of the championship is decided in the second half of the season, so don’t rush things. He needs to start the year calmly, earn points and help the team,” he concluded.