Former F1 driver Jenson Button believes that Fernando Alonso was wrong to call Formula 1 “boring” and “predictable”. Especially when he has no competition in the World Endurance Championship.
Earlier, Alonso explained that he decided to retire because the predictability of F1 made it boring. However, Button called into question the Spaniard’s comments. According to the Briton, Alonso’s only competition in WEC is his own Toyota team-mates. With no Audi or Porsche, Toyota is therefore almost guaranteed to win.
“His comments were maybe not the best, in terms of ‘the racing is more boring’. I mean, he’s racing in WEC, and the only competition is his team-mate here, you know what I mean?” Button said.
“I don’t think you can really say that, but I understand where he is. If he’s racing for a win, he’s going to enjoy it a lot more.
“But when you’ve won multiple world championships like him, and you’re fighting in the midfield, it does get boring after a while.”
The Briton announced his retirement from F1 after the 2016 season. As Alonso’s former team-mate, he believes that the Spaniard will “definitely” return to F1 should McLaren rediscover its form.
He continued, “He has done the same thing as what I chose to do – leave but leave it open, for one year after, to go back. I think that’s the right option to do.
“And if the McLaren’s quick and it’s winning races, he’ll be back to Formula 1, definitely.
“Every driver in the world would love to be in a winning car in Formula 1. You retire, I think, because you get bored of the travel and the stress of it, and if your results aren’t there, there’s no reason to be there.”
In the meantime, Alonso will have to contest the final 8 races of the 2018 F1 season before leaving.