Alonso plotting next move, but it’s not F1

Date published: July 20 2019

Fernando Alonso knows where he wants to race next - and it isn't Formula 1.

Fernando Alonso said he will reveal his future racing plans in “due time”, but it will not be a return to Formula 1.

The two-time World Champion left the series at the end of 2018 in search of new challenges, but after the failed Indianapolis 500 project with McLaren and his spell with Toyota in the World Endurance Championship now finished, the Spaniard has a free schedule.

However, even with reports of a Ferrari return circulating should Sebastian Vettel decide to walk away, Alonso made it clear that he wasn’t interested because what the category can offer him is “not attractive enough”.

“In recent years, what F1 can offer me on a personal level is not attractive enough,” he said during the launch of the eSports ‘Liberbank Challenge’, which he is helping support.

“It was an exceptional stage for me, but today I do not find in F1 the challenges I can get outside it.”

In fact, the 37-year-old already knows what he wants to do next, but isn’t willing to reveal yet.

“I have a clear idea of what I am going to do,” he confirmed. “I do not leave doors open and I am not waiting or looking for anyone to call me.

“I always chose where and when I wanted to race, because I move based on what makes me happy. What I do in the future is in my head and it will be known in due time.”

The Dakar Rally is not an option according to Alonso, despite the praise he earned from former champion Giniel de Villiers during a recent test in a Toyota Hilux.

“It’s an attractive event, the most important, but also opposite to my qualities or way of driving,” he explained.

“I’ve never competed on gravel and attempting the toughest rally in the world suddenly would be something extreme.”

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