Fernando Alonso reveals why he’s not leaving F1 anytime soon

The Alpine driver appears to have no intentions of retiring from Formula 1 at the end of the 2022 season

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Fernando Alonso believes he feels better than his Formula 1 rivals which is motivating him to remain in the sport, as he is set to enter talks regarding a new contract for 2023.

Alonso returned to F1 in 2020 with Alpine, scoring one podium in that time at the 2021 Qatar Grand Prix when he finished third.

Alpine‘s hopes to move up the pecking order this year with the new regulations haven’t come to fruition, with Alonso enduring a frustrating season with two retirements from the last three races.

“I feel better than the others,” Alonso told the press when asked about what is motivating him to stay in F1.

“When someone comes and I see that [they are] beating me on pure abilities, I see that I’m not good anymore at the starts, I’m not good in preparing the car, or the other side of the garage is one second faster than me and I cannot match those times, maybe I’ll raise my hand and say: ‘You know, this is time for me you know to think about something else’.

“But at the moment, I feel the opposite. I love racing.”

Alpine’s Fernando Alonso during testing REUTERS/Albert Gea

Alonso on Hamilton’s involvement in Chelsea bid

Lewis Hamilton‘s investment into one of the bids to buy Chelsea was a surprise to F1, but if there is a driver who can relate to the move, it’s Alonso.

The two-time F1 champion was set to start how own professional cycling team in 2015, only for the project to not materialise.

Alonso says he’s not planning to re-establish that project, and thinks Hamilton‘s Chelsea ambitions are bigger.

“They are very different topics and passions,” said Alonso. “Cycling for me has been my passion for all my life and I’ve been cycling all my life.

McLaren Mercedes F1 Launch Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso Action Images / Crispin Thruston

“I’ve been involved in professional cycling with friends and have a lot of projects around that so when I thought about the professional cycling team, I have a lot of knowledge about what I was going into.

“I’m not saying Lewis doesn’t have [that] but I think football is a little bit bigger than that and, I don’t think that there are too many similarities there.”

Nigel Chiu
Nigel Chiuhttps://total-motorsport.com/author/nigel-chiu/
Nigel Chiu is an NCTJ-qualified journalist who worked at Total-Motorsport for 18 months until May 2023. He has been following F1 since 2007 and hasn’t missed a Grand Prix weekend since. Nigel’s worked with several motorsport websites, plus Eurosport and subsequently went on to work with Sky Sports F1 where he travels to multiple F1 races each season.
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