The 2-time Formulation 1 world champion got down to full the well-known triple crown of motorsport which incorporates profitable the Monaco Grand Prix, Le Mans 24 Hours and the Indianapolis 500.
Having notched up success at Monaco (2006 and 2007), and Le Mans (2018 and 2019), he’s now solely lacking victory on the well-known US oval – and has raced twice within the Brickyard occasion.
He led for a number of laps and was in rivalry for a powerful end in 2017 earlier than an engine failure put him out, whereas final 12 months he completed 21st after fighting clutch issues all through the race.
His low level got here in 2019, although, when he did not qualify after a sequence of setup and operational errors with McLaren derailed his hopes.
Along with his focus now being on F1, Alonso’s Indy efforts have been parked for now – however it’s one thing that it was thought he would do once more sooner or later.
Nonetheless, former Indy 500 winner and F1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve just lately mentioned he was sceptical that Alonso would ever strive to participate within the well-known race once more.
The Canadian urged that the truth of needing to participate in additional oval races to ensure he was at his peak for Indy meant that making an attempt to win it once more was in all probability too large an ask.
Chatting with Gazzetta dello Sport, Villeneuve mentioned: “I feel he is stopped making an attempt: the primary 12 months he was robust after which he realised that if he solely did that one race it was virtually unattainable to win it. He must race on all of the ovals and that does not swimsuit him.”
Fernando Alonso, Alpine F1
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Requested by Autosport about Villeneuve’s feedback forward of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Alonso conceded that there was an opportunity he wouldn’t go for an Indy effort once more.
Nonetheless, he mentioned that any choice wouldn’t be influenced by what different individuals thought.
“I feel all of us have completely different opinions and completely different factors of views on how one can race or how one can obtain targets,” he mentioned. “For certain what the opposite individuals say about your personal targets or your personal desires won’t have an effect on your pondering, or your solution to see issues.
“So, if I do it once more it’ll be for a dream of the triple crown or attempt to obtain the win. It isn’t that you just do this sort of race only for enjoyable. However I do not know if I’ll do it once more or not.
“If I do not do it once more, it is not as a result of another person mentioned that I will be unable to win it, you recognize. If I do not do it once more, it is as a result of I do not really feel the motivation to do it.”