Alonso again hints his F1 days are over

Date published: July 3 2019 - Michelle Foster

Fernando Alonso won't return to F1 with McLaren reiterates Zak Brown.

He has said it before and he’ll say it again, Fernando Alonso is “not” missing F1, saying racing in other series has forced him to “rise to a level I didn’t have before.”

The double F1 World Champion, who last won the crown back in 2006 with Renault, walked away from Formula 1 at the end of last season.

Alonso turned his full focus onto his World Endurance Championship drive with Toyota, winning the title and a second 24 Hours of Le Mans.

He also tried his hand at this year’s Indianapolis 500 in a McLaren entry but failed to qualify, finishing 34th with only 33 drivers making it onto the start grid.

With WEC commitments now over, the world of motorsport awaits news of Alonso’s next endeavour.

It, however, won’t be Formula 1.

Asked if he missed the sport, he told his Instagram story: “Not a lot, the chapter I had was better than my most optimistic dreams!

“And the same motives that made me decide not to continue, continue to be present…;)

“Being able to compete and trying to win in other disciplines forces me to rise to a level I didn’t have before.

“Very happy.”

Alonso was full of praise for his former McLaren team, who last Sunday recorded their best result of this campaign.

Lando Norris was sixth in Austria with Carlos Sainz P8 having started 19th on the grid.

Both drivers, though, were a lap down on race winner Max Verstappen.

“Fantastic,” Alonso said of McLaren’s result at the Red Bull Ring. “That was the plan.

“The team was/is/and will be always strong. Step in the right direction.

“Hopefully, we consolidate 4th place in the constructors.

“Still hopefully more to come, last 2 races 6th position was one lap down to the leader…and that’s not good for the sport.”

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