Why Fernando Alonso Won’t Return to Formula 1 AnyTime Soon

Fernando Alonso made his return to the cockpit of an F1 car last week. However, the Spaniard had a point to prove before he contemplated a full return to the sport. Even though McLaren and Alonso were open to his return in the future, the two-time world champion quickly downplayed the chances of that happening when he completed a tyre test in Bahrain with the team over the weekend. The fact that he returned to F1 after two days of driving a Toyota rally car through the Kalahari desert fully explains where his mindset currently is.

The 2018/19 Season for Fernando Alonso

For most of the F1 calendar in 2018, Fernando Alonso didn’t look like he wanted to be part of the Formula 1 series because he grew frustrated during the 4th successive season with a McLaren car that was unable to compete with the top six drivers, let alone a podium finish. Although he mixed and matched the World Endurance Championship, the Indy 500, and F1 during 2017 and 2018, his priorities in 2019 are much more clear.

He looks extremely focused and passionate to become the next 2018/19 WEC champion while driving for Toyota, where he managed to win the La Mans 24 Hours in 2018. However, the most significant date on his calendar this year is undoubtedly the Indy 500 which will be his second entry to the sport along with the bonus of knowing that a win at Brickyard will place him in unique company.

Should you claim victory at Brickyard, he will match what Graham Hill managed to achieve during the 1960s and 1970s as the only driver to claim victory at Monaco Grand Prix, Le Mans, and the prestigious Indianapolis. This is unofficially referred to as the Triple Crown in racing. Achieving success at all three racing destinations will give Alonso a legitimate claim to the complete racing driving of his generation. This is something that he was never able to produce as a Formula 1 driver after he parted ways with Ferrari in 2014.

Alonso’s Comments on Racing

When we asked Alonso what he wants to prove away from Formula 1, his response was quitter simple.

“To be considered the best driver in the world,” Alonso stated. “Which I believe I am. Ibelieve everyone thinks that they are the best in the world. However, it’s quite impossible to prove when it comes to F1 unless you are part of the perfect package for the year. I’ve been extremely competitive for most of my career in F1 and was lucky enough to claim two championships in the process.

Alonso furthermore added, “Even during my last season, I had a strong finish with things that I thought I could never achieve. This includes winning Daytona, the 24 Hours at Le Mans, winning at Sebring, and being competitive during Indy 500. I sincerely hope I can win the Triple Crown as prove my worth in the racing world.”