“Why Should I Stop?”: About to Turn 42 Soon, Fernando Alonso Admits to “Having Fun” Despite the Elusive 3rd Championship Not Being In Sight

Published 06/24/2023, 7:15 AM EDT

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Do you recall when Fernando Alonso prematurely retired after the horrible stint with McLaren? Alonso wasn’t having fun in the car and the struggles just piled up for him. After a two-year break, his passion and love for the sport brought him back. Although the chances of a third championship seem bleak for the Spaniard, the old fox of F1 admitted that he’s having fun. Let’s dive deeper into the 41-year-old’s thoughts 

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Fernando Alonso isn’t getting any younger. The Spaniard is already 41 and will turn another year wiser next month. While nobody can question Alonso’s wisdom and cleverness, his past decisions have kept him from winning his 3rd championship. As the F1 world eagerly waits for Alonso’s decade-long win drought to come to an end, winning another championship seems to be a far-fetched goal. Although winning is important in F1, it isn’t everything. 

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The F1 drivers are adrenaline junkies and the thrill they get from F1 really cannot be found elsewhere. That’s why you hear engineers tell the drivers ‘Have fun out there’. Fernando Alonso opened up about his and the team’s future recently. Alonso explained that Lawrence Stroll’s vision to win the constructors is a medium to long-term project and there’s no guarantee that he’ll be there to lead Aston Martin to success. However, as long as he’s having fun out there, and has the pace to keep up, he will continue racing.

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According to Marca.com, Fernando Alonso said “As this is a medium and long-term project, I don’t know if I’ll be here when the team is ready to win (the World Cup)… But I always have in mind to be there, because as long as I feel fast and still have fun, it will continue. Why should I stop? Right now I’m having fun” [translated via Google]

Regardless, if Aston Martin wants to win the constructors in the future, they would need 2 strong drivers to do so. Eyebrows have been raised against Lance Stroll’s subpar performances this year, especially when compared to Alonso. Nevertheless, the Spaniard came out revealing what Stroll needs to become a better driver. 

Fernando Alonso reveals one key thing missing from Lance Stroll’s arsenal 

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We’ve seen the past glimpses of Lance Stroll’s talent. Driving with broken wrists, a Wet qualifying pole, and some amazing overtakes. Despite that, Stroll never really performed at the level of Norris and Russell. Fernando Alonso advised that Stroll has the speed and talent to become a great driver. The Spaniard then revealed that consistency is what is missing in Lance Stroll. 

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According to Formula1.com, Fernando Alonso said “I think, for him[Lance Stroll], the most important thing now is to get the consistency, weekend after weekend… That consistency is going to be the next step in his career, to be constantly fighting for the top five, and then at the end of the year, you see the number of points that you gain when you get all the weekends right.”

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Whatever happens with Lance, Fernando seems to have reinvented his old speed from the 2000s & early 2010s. Do you think the clever old fox will challenge for the title next year? Or even put up a fight against Max Verstappen toward the end of the current year?

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Pranay Bhagi is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports, who has always been passionate about sports and writing. With a degree from a prestigious institute, he has channeled his enthusiasm into sports journalism, particularly F1, a sport that has captivated him for over a decade. Pranay's deep-rooted love for the sport began during the Sebastian Vettel era, and he has been following it religiously ever since.
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