Two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso has the “idea of returning to Formula 1” from 2021, but doesn’t see room for himself at Ferrari.
Alonso walked away from F1 at the end of 2018 after a torrid spell at McLaren during their engine partnership with Honda.
Since then he has been in pursuit of the “triple crown” of motorsport and will return to the Indy 500 in May, while currently he is tackling the grueling Dakar Rally.
And once both of those challenges are complete, the Spaniard may look to plot a way back into Formula 1.
“First I finish the Dakar, then I do the Indianapolis 500, and in the summer I will have to make a decision,” he told the El Partidazo de Cope program.
“I have the idea of returning to Formula 1, “I feel like a Formula 1 driver, it’s what I like most and it’s what I know how to do best.
“I don’t know if I will return or not, but I will think about these next two or three years of my career in the summer. I will decide in the next few months.
“It is the top category of motor racing, but it also has its disadvantages.
“Formula 1 requires a complete dedication of your life.
“I already had 18 years of that and now I have to assess whether I want to do two or three more years of that or not.”
The frustrations of driving an uncompetitive McLaren car caused Alonso to leave the series, and he says that if he returned then he “must look at the teams that are available or interested”.
But it’s hard to see Alonso coming back to F1 if he didn’t have a race-winning car at his disposal.
Such a car could be on offer from Ferrari – Alonso has been linked with a return to the team for whom he drove for between 2010-14, but he isn’t sure there would be an opening for him despite Sebastian Vettel’s contract coming to an end after 2020.
“I have not talked to them,” he revealed.
“I think the journey with Ferrari was nice but I don’t think it’s time to talk about a return. I also believe their bet on the future with [Charles] Leclerc is quite clear.
“For 2021, we need to see who will be competitive, and maybe Ferrari will not be among the favourites. We will see.”