Fernando Alonso thinks he should have left F1 after leaving Ferrari to continue the Dakar

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Alonso thinks he should have left F1 in 2015 when he joined the ill-fated McLaren Honda project

Alonso has proven himself to be one of the greatest racing drivers of all time with victories at Le Mans and in F1.

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Alonso has proven himself to be one of the greatest racing drivers of all time with victories at Le Mans and in F1.

Fernando Alonso has never been one to mince words and this time around he stepped out and admitted his ill-fated transfer to McLaren at the start of the 2015 season was wrong. He revealed that he should have left F1 at the time as there were no other competitive seats available and that he should have focused on things like the Dakar rally he participated in before returning in F1 in 2021 with Alpine.

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“Maybe there is one – that I left too late. I should have left Formula 1 sooner. It’s easy to say now, but I shouldn’t have waited until 2018. I should have left in 2015 or 2016, two years earlier, to try the Dakar and endurance. I already had it in mind in 2015, but it took time to mature. Perhaps too long, “a- he declared.

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Alonso’s strong performance earned him a one-year extension at Alpine

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Alonso left F1 at the end of the 2018 season, when the McLaren again proved uncompetitive despite a new Renault engine that exposed his car’s aerodynamic weaknesses. Since 2019 McLaren has indeed seen massive improvements with the 2020 team arriving P3 at the Constructors’ Championship, and in 2021 it won its first race in 9 years with Daniel Ricciardo winning the race at Monza.

Alonso, while away from F1, managed to win the Le Mans race twice and finished fifth in the Dakar Rally while also managing to compete in the Indy 500, something he still strives for. to win. After taking a few races to adjust to the 2021 cars, the 40-year-old Spaniard has proven he hasn’t lost his Midas touch and is once again proving to be one of the best drivers on the grid.

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Alonso won the 2005 and 2006 world championships with Renault, having dethroned Michael Schumacher, and has never been surpassed by a teammate in his career, including Lewis Hamilton with whom he was associated in 2007 on his first stint. controversial but short at McLaren.

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