Fernando Alonso reveals stance on returning to F1 in 2020
February 5 2019 , 2:22 am
The two time champion from 2005 and 2006 has refused to rule out returning to F1 in 2020 with Michael Schumacher’s comeback cited as an example he could follow.
Fernando Alonso forged a reputation as one of the finest F1 drivers of the 21st century by winning two World Drivers’ Championships at Renault.
But he failed to live up to those high standards during a second spell with the French manufacturers, as well as at McLaren and Ferrari, before turning his back on F1 last year.
Fernando Alonso is now attempting to become only the second man in history to claim motorsport’s Triple Crown, with Indianapolis 500 glory all he needs to complete the set.
However, he has previously hinted he might return to the F1 paddock in the future in order to add to his title haul.
Now, asked directly about what he thinks of speculation he will make a comeback, Alonso has opted against closing the door on the sport.
“I always said it is ‘see you later’, not ‘goodbye’,” Alonso told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.
“Now I have new challenges to face with the right tools to win, while in Formula 1 there were no conditions to do the same.
“I do not have plans for 2020. Of course, winning a third title would be the greatest joy.”
Alonso will be 38 by the time the 2020 F1 campaign rolls around next March.
And if he was to return he would be the second oldest driver on the grid, just behind Kimi Raikkonen.
Alonso insists age does not come in to it though, with the comeback F1 legend Michael Schumacher made given as an example of what he could do.
“Schumacher raced until he was 43,” Alonso added.
“If you feel strong, you do not need to look at your age. You race until you realise that someone is stronger than you.
“It is something that can happen at 25 as at 48. Age has nothing to do with it.”
Having spent the back end of his F1 career in the wilderness with McLaren, Alonso would surely want an offer from a competitive team to convince him to return.
However, the likes of pacesetters Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull might all have seats available for the veteran Spaniard.
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