Fernando Alonso Reveals the Only Thing Motivating Him Amidst Alpine’s F1 Struggles

Published 09/23/2021, 8:08 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Formula One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso walks the circuit with his team ahead of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov


Fernando Alonso returned to Formula One after a hiatus of two years. He joined the newly branded Alpine team to replace the McLaren-bound Daniel Ricciardo. The two-time world champion initially struggled, but soon found his footing and his form.

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He and the team continued their partnership for another year. When asked about the motivation behind his decision to stay in F1, Alonso mentioned he wants a third-world title.

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Fernando Alonso eying another world championship in F1

Alonso, who turned 40 this year, knows that he does not have many years left in the sport. The Spaniard last won his championship in 2006, since then he has finished second in 2010, 2012, and 2013.

“Inside, I have the same spirit and the same racing ambitions, and winning the third championship is the only thing that motivates me. But with time, you realize that not everything is under your control, there are things you cannot maybe overcome.

If you don’t get there, at least you tried and were as close to the third championship as possible.” said Alonso.

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I will see year by year says the Alpine driver

The former world champion will turn 41 next year and stated that he has no plans to leave the sport soon. Fernando mentioned if he is not competitive he will leave the sport.

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Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 9, 2021, Alpine’s Fernando Alonso during a press conference Pool via REUTERS/Luca Bruno

“I will see year by year. I will first have to enjoy continuing in F1 and feel I am fast enough. If one day I feel I am not competitive, I don’t feel the car; I am not enjoying the racing, I will be the first one to raise my hand and give an opportunity to a new guy.

But hopefully, that doesn’t happen so I can keep racing for, I don’t know, at least two, three, four years.” said the Alpine driver.

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Alonso will become the most experienced driver on the grid next season with the retirement of Raikkonen. The veteran has over 320 starts in the sport.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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