“I know what I am going to do in 2021”


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FILE – In this May 18, 2019, file photo, Fernando Alonso, of Spain, is interviewed as he walked from the pit area after qualifications ended for the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. Alonso will once again attempt to complete motorsports’ version of the Triple Crown with a return to the Indianapolis 500 in May with McLaren. (AP Photo / Michael Conroy, File)

The Spanish Fernando Alonso, double champion of the world of Formula One (2005 and 2006) and of the World of Resistance (in the 2018-19 Super Season) assured that he has already “decided” what the 2021 campaign will do, in which he was considering a possible return to Formula 1 if the rule change occurred, postponed to 2022.

“I know more or less what I’m going to do in 2021, I hope you know soon, but I can’t say more,” said the double Asturian F1 world champion, in response to questions from fans through the official profile of the 24 Hours of Le Mans on Instagram, test to which he promised to return to compete to seek a third victory.

“I always said that in 2021, with new rules, it was possible that I would return to Formula 1, because perhaps the cars are more balanced and I am hungry to test myself again,” explained Alonso. However, that regulatory change has been delayed by the organization to 2022, a decision that is “bad news” for the category according to the Oviedo driver, since he needs to “balance the cars” and apply these rules “as soon as possible” Although he admitted that with the activity stopped by the coronavirus pandemic, it was a logical decision.

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“It is an understandable decision, because with this situation you cannot develop the 2021 cars now,” added the brilliant Asturian driver, double F1 champion with the Renault team and winner of the World Endurance Championship (WEC) with Toyota.

The restless Asturian driver’s last foray into a new discipline was his participation in the 2020 Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia, in which he finished thirteenth in his first experience in a rally and even got on the podium by being second in the eighth stage.

“I love the spirit of the race. I have shared moments with drivers, mechanics, journalists, you are in the middle of the desert, there are no hotels, bathrooms, many things that you are used to in other races, and there is no difference between people. I think it was three weeks of pure experience, “explained Alonso.

For the Spanish rider, these types of tests help to deepen “the human part of sport” and he did not rule out repeating participation in future editions.

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Fernando Alonso, when he became champion of Formula 1 in 2006. (Photo: AFP)

“Hopefully I can come back someday, I have several years to do it, Carlos (Sainz) won it at 57 this year. Hopefully I can come back, be more competitive and try to win,” he added.

Alonso admitted that it is not in his current plans to compete full-time in the American IndyCar Oval Circuit Championship – of which he has participated in the 2017 Indianapolis 500 Miles, a test in which he will participate again this year, in August -, since it takes “great commitment” and “a lot of preparation” to get it right. “The Indianapolis 500 Hours is already a great commitment and great preparation, I don’t want to imagine the full championship,” he added.

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Alonso also recalled that his boyish car idol was the Brazilian Ayrton Senna, three-time Formula 1 world champion, and among his best teammates he remembered the Italians Giancarlo Fisichella and Jarno Trulli, the British Jenson Button, and his teammates Toyota de Resistencia (Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima, Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María ‘Pechito’ López).

Asked if he would like to create his own team, Alonso – who runs an eSports team and another Formula Renault Eurocup team – ruled out creating a Formula 1 team, because “it generates more concerns than happiness”, although he said he would not mind running one resistance. “I don’t have it planned in a short time,” he added anyway.

(With information from EFE)


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