‘Ferrari is Not Winning’: Fernando Alonso Has No Regrets Over His 2014 Exit

Published 03/26/2021, 5:57 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Fernando Alonso is interviewed FIA/Handout via REUTERS

We are all brimming with excitement ahead of the season opener in Bahrain. And one of the things that fans have been looking forward to seeing is Fernando Alonso behind the wheel of an F1 car.


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The Former Ferrari driver will officially partake in an F1 race weekend after a 2-year sabbatical. His motivation? To compete for world championships again.

The Spaniard has not been a legitimate title contender since leaving Ferrari at the end of the 2014 season. Since his spell at McLaren-Honda was far from ideal, we wonder if he looks back on his decision to leave Ferrari with a sense of regret.


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“We are in 2021 and Ferrari is not winning yet. I never regret any of my decisions,” Fernando Alonso replied (via Spanish Publication, AS).

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 25, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso. FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Why Fernando Alonso has no regrets?

Fernando Alonso is a man of conviction. The calculative Spaniard does not take any decision half-heartedly. He compared his choice to part ways with Ferrari to his F1 return with Alpine.

“With a crystal ball, you can make a different decision at some point, but at every moment I felt that I was doing the right thing. With Alpine it is the same, I think that this way I have the biggest challenges after two years out of the sport.”

Why was the timing perfect for Alonso’s Ferrari exit?

Alonso’s spell with the Italian outfit yielded race victories and championship contention. He came close to getting his hands on the title in 2010 and 2021, where he only lost out to Sebastian Vettel in the final Grand Prix rounds.

But when the regulations changed in 2014, Ferrari were no longer competitive. They could not wrap their heads around the new turbo-hybrid era regulations. Hence, we could understand the reason why Alonso believes the timing of his exit was flawless.

“Decisions are made and responsibilities are assumed, but with Ferrari the timing was perfect. In 2014, there were successes for five years and we fought for titles until the last lap in three of the seasons,” said Alonso.


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Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

“The atmosphere was incredible and the love between Ferrari and me was too. But it was the right moment. At one point the relationship is damaged and we wanted to have only love.”

With a hand on our heart, we hope that Alonso has a sweeter time in F1 than his doomed McLaren spell. Fans and analysts will have their fingers crossed, praying for Alpine to put him in a car that matches his talent.


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