The highlights had been his pair of Le Mans triumphs as a part of a Toyota crew, the World Endurance Championship super-season crown – additionally alongside Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima – and 2019 Daytona 24 Hours triumph with Wayne Taylor Racing. And, in fact, there have been his failed bids to win the Indianapolis 500 and a foray into the Dakar Rally.
When his return with what was then referred to as Renault was introduced in July 2020, Alonso made clear he had been enticed again to F1 by the sensation that Renault/Alpine would give him the possibility to return to the championship’s highest degree – with the principles reset coming in 2022.
Proper now, that purpose is his sole focus, not like in 2018 when his opening WEC super-season entries had been mixed with the ultimate 12 months of his return to McLaren. Alonso suggests he had loads of choices to race in different classes other than F1 in 2021 however selected to not.
Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521
Photograph by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images
Right here is fashionable motorsport’s versatility star explaining exactly why he selected to return to grand prix racing when he did, in addition to his ideas on the classes he left behind:
“Proper now, I believe, particularly after the pandemic, [F1] is the sequence that’s extra succesful to supply a great present and to supply a great competitors. Like, in 2018, after I left, I used to be very trustworthy with all people saying that ‘I had higher emotions or concepts elsewhere than Method 1’. And I had extra engaging challenges in WEC or in Indy or in Dakar than what Method 1 provided me at the moment.
“Now, it’s precisely the identical level. In 2020, after I made the choice to come back again, all the opposite sequence had been on the desk, and I believed that Method 1 was one of the best problem in that second. And one of the best competitors.
“Even with the pandemic, the groups are nonetheless very robust and in good well being economically and on efficiency facet to supply incredible automobiles and a great present. Whereas another sequence, possibly they have been extra affected by the pandemic and by the sponsorship [loss] and by all the pieces. That is my feeling.
“Clearly IndyCar did just one race [Barber, when Alonso was speaking ahead of the Portuguese GP] or two races now with St Petersburg. It felt good and it is at all times gonna be a pleasant championship. However possibly I used to be extra attracted by F1.
“Dakar remains to be one factor that I can do sooner or later and has no drawback of getting extra years into different classes.
“And WEC. I believe it is in a transition interval in the mean time. With the hypercar, till all of the producers [arrive], and so they do not come [until] 2023, I believe it is in a transition interval.
“So, I believed that Method 1 was one of the best factor on the desk. Prefer it was not in 2018. However, that is clearly solely a private opinion and a private motivation that drives you to decide on the following problem.”
The total interview with Alonso will likely be featured within the 20 Might situation of Autosport journal, which will likely be obtainable in retailers and to subscribe on-line right here: https://www.autosportmedia.com.