Fernando Alonso Confesses Elusive Triple Crown Dream May Never Happen Ahead of F1 Debut

Published 01/25/2021, 4:56 AM EST
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – Fernando Alonso of Spain and McLaren F1 walks in the Paddock after practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)


The legendary veteran that is Fernando Alonso is now just a few months away from officially making his F1 return. With the newly rebranded Alpine team, there are certain objectives he will have to meet with an expectant fanbase looking at him.

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The Spaniard has been accustomed to trying out different racing endeavors in his professional career. More recently, he had ventured into driving in IndyCar after his retirement from F1 back in 2018.

The dream of a triple crown comprising a Monaco F1 GP win, 24 Hours of Le Mans title, and an Indy 500 win was always on. Although Alonso has the first two, he has not been able to land the third, despite his best efforts.

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Speaking to a podcast, Alonso talked about lending all his attention towards his latest F1 stint. At the same time, he is currently unsure whether he will look to the Indy series as his ultimate goal.

Difficult to think that much forward, says Fernando Alonso

Alonso stated, “Honestly right now difficult to think that much forward. I’m totally focused on the F1 and now I cannot say that I see the IndyCar or the Indy500 as a final goal in the future.

“I see more Dakar, I really enjoy the experience there in Saudi. And I don’t know, it’s a race that requires less preparation, is a little bit more an adventure than making perfection into the oval.”

The two-time F1 champion previously attempted the renowned Indy500 race on three occasions. But going forward, he believes the Dakar rally series could be his calling, having assessed a few comparative factors.

“In a way, it’s less risky even if it’s quite a dangerous race, Dakar, nothing beats Indy in terms of risk. So there is something that you need to manage that as well,” concluded Alonso.

Podiums and top-10 finishes key ambition for Alonso at Alpine

The 39-year-old’s last stint in Formula 1 with McLaren did not go all too well. Riddled by inconsistencies, he bid farewell with a P11 finish in the 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix race.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 13: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Renault Sport F1 poses for a photo with his 2005 F1 title winning Renault R25 and members of the Renault team from the same year during the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

The fact that he has some unfinished business left in F1 bodes well for his desire to succeed with Alpine. As its former identity Renault showed last season, the car proved it was more than capable of achieving podiums.

Therefore, Alonso now has to work on similar lines to reproduce consistent results for the team. On all accounts, it will certainly be exciting to see one of the best drivers in the sport return to the grid.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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