Alonso is widely regarded as the toughest driver in F1 and has scored less than any teammate including Lewis Hamilton
Alonso has revealed he wants to stay in F1 for 2-3 more years
Fernando Alonso has revealed in the F1 Beyond the Grid podcast that he intends to stay in F1 beyond the 2022 season. A podcast hosted by Tom Clarkson revealed that Alonso will remain in F1 even if he is not given a championship-winning car by Alpine next year. Alonso left Formula 1 at the end of the 2018 season after spending four years at the highly uncompetitive McLaren Honda, which was unreliable and for the most part the slowest car on the grid in his four stints. His return to Alpine formerly known as Renault has been very impressive where he has outscored the younger Esteban Ocon and has now secured his first podium finish in 7 years with his P7 at the Qatar GP.
“Oh yes I will, and even if the car isn’t that good. Yes, I plan to stay for at least two or three more years,” concludes the two-time world champion who won her first two titles in 2005 and 2006. He was also runner-up in 2010 and 2012 when the fight went to the wire until the last race of the title season.
Some of his most memorable performances include his duel with Lewis Hamilton in Hungary, where he stopped the defending world champion a dozen laps in a very slow car to enable his teammate to win the race. His performances in the Monaco and Silverstone sprint races were also impressive. Had it not rained at the end of the race in Russia, he might have taken another podium finish.
Alonso’s goal has always been to become at least a 3-time world champion. He is considered by many to be the greatest driver in F1 since Schumacher, but he has often found himself in uncompetitive cars resulting in Hamilton and Vettel winning more titles than him.
“I’m really looking forward to the third championship and in the next coming years I will do what I have in hand and even more. It will probably mean a lot in terms of a legacy once my career in Formula 1 is over. It’s not like that [that] I’m desperate to have it and it will change, you know, my whole career, or it will change the way I look at the game. I’m a competitive person as we touched on earlier, you know? Whatever I do,'” Alonso said on F1’s official channel podcast.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re 19 or if you’re 42 or 43, it’s a way of life and complete dedication to the sport. If I win the third championship that’s probably the biggest thing.” It is such a legacy and a message for generations to come.”
Next year, with Raikkonen’s retirement, will be the oldest driver on the grid, but if he goes ahead with his plan to stay for 3-4 years, he will surely break Raikkonen’s record of being the most experienced F1 driver. Will give grid.
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