McLaren F1 pilot Fernando Alonso during an interview with ‘F1 Racing’ admitted that he was last year considered the Formula 1 to be abandoned.
The Spanish two-time F1 champion, and also team-mate of the belgian Stoffel vandoorne, last year, was working on his third disappointing season in a row with McLaren. Yet again a season where McLaren and Alonso are not competitive, let alone for wins or the title could fight, it was almost the season too much for the Spaniard.
Already after a few races it was clear that 2017 is a lost season would be for McLaren-Honda. Alonso then decided but in order to try his luck in the Indy 500. He skips even the F1 race in Monaco. It was a new step in the direction of a possible ‘Triple Crown’ and Alonso contemplated to the Formula 1 at the end of 2017 to say goodbye.
“Yes, I have been thinking about transitioning to another race series and say goodbye to Formula 1,” said Alonso in an exclusive interview with the ‘F1 Racing’. After I last year at the Indy 500 took part, there were few races in Austria and Silverstone where I thought ‘Maybe I can next year to a different racing series to try. I was able to fully devote themselves to the ‘Triple Crown’ and participate in the Indy and Le Mans. Perhaps that’s the best.”
“I found it, however, is not the time to use the Formula 1 to leave, not now, not after these results, not with this feeling.”
Alonso would have to say that regret of such a decision.
“I knew I was in for the rest of my life regret would be that the me for the rest of my racing career a bad feeling.”
“I want to be sure and still hold it as a success. I have in the Formula 1 is still work to do, together with McLaren,” concluded Alonso.
Alonso will be this year, next to the Formula 1 also participate in the World Endurance Championship. In the WEC he will be with Toyota among others, to participate in the 24 hours of Le Mans.
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