Fernando Alonso compares success in F1 with Real Madrid’s Champions League exploits: Football is easier

The Spanish driver is a big Real Madrid fan but he won't be at the Champions League final 

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Fernando Alonso believes that success in football is easier to come by than it is in Formula 1 despite taking time to praise Real Madrid for reaching the Champions League final. 

The Aston Martin driver is a big Real Madrid fan and he was present at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu recently to see the LaLiga champions beat Bayern Munich and reach the Champions League final. But admitted he thought he brought them bad luck given it was the German side who scored first and were set to progress before a late comeback from Real Madrid

“It was great. I mean, I come every time that it’s possible to the Bernabeu, I’m a big Real Madrid fan and I hadn’t visited the new stadium until then so it was a nice opportunity,” Alonso told select members of the press including Total-Motorsport.com.

“And yeah for a moment I thought that I brought bad luck you know and they were losing, then eventually they they went through, so it was very nice.

“They treat me always very, very nicely and I was in a very good VIP place with great legends in the sport and I tried to stay quiet because I’m more emotional than them, they have to behave, but it was nice. And yeah, good luck for the final.”

Fernando Alonso during 2024 Australian GP | Aston Martin F1 Team
Fernando Alonso during 2024 Australian GP | Aston Martin F1 Team

Unfortunately for Alonso, it is unlikely that he will be at Wembley for the final with it falling between the F1 races in Monaco and Canada.

“I thought about that at the moment. I think probably not because I think it’s going to be a little bit stressful, the logistics, but I would love to watch the game, but yeah, it’s going to be on the couch,” the Spaniard said.

Alonso compares football and F1

Never wanting to spend too long not thinking about racing, Alonso went on to explain some of the similarities and differences between F1 and football.

“This is the best club in the world so it has to be an example for many things, but, in our case, it’s difficult to translate what football can do in Formula 1 or the spirit of how to approach a football game, how this can be translated to a race,” the Aston Martin driver said.

“You know, we are always giving 100 percent. We are always fighting. We are always giving it all. And the result is very much dependent on the ball you play and everything. It’s a bit more complicated than football. 

“Football is easier in a way but as I said now, my admiration for Madrid is big and the way they managed the club in general for many, many years and different players, different generations, the stadium, the fans, you know, it’s not easy, I guess, to have that dynasty for many, many years and this is great to witness and to support.”

John Smith
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Editor at Total-Motorsport.com and all round Motorsport journalist specialising in Formula 1, IndyCar and Formula E.
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