‘Until this is over not much desire to think about racing’

Michelle Foster


Fernando Alonso is in no rush to announce his 2021 plans, saying right now he doesn’t have “much desire” to think about next year’s racing plans.

Alonso walked away from Formula 1 at the end of the 2018 season, tired of the sport’s rules resulting in just three teams to fight at the race wins.

The double World Champion instead tried his hand at the World Endurance Championship, winning the title, before returning to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a second bid for the Indy 500 title. He failed to qualify.

After that Alonso hit the dirt at the Dakar, finishing 13th for Toyota.

He has since announced that he will make a third attempt at this year’s Indianapolis 500, teaming up with his former team McLaren.

As for his plans after that and into next season, Alonso has yet to decide.

“The IndyCar and the Indy500 have published their new schedule, but until this is all over, I don’t have much desire to fight or to think about putting the helmet back on,” the Spaniard said on Instagram.

There has been talk of Alonso returning to Formula 1 with the 38-year-old having expressed his interest in the 2021 rules.

Those rules, though, have now been deferred to 2022 to give teams some financial breathing space as face the possibility of a dramatically shortened season.

Alonso added that he’s in no rush to decide his future, whether than be F1, IndyCars or another run at the Dakar.

“I will decide after the summer,” he said.

“Everything has been postponed, including the new rules for Formula 1 until the end of 2021.

“I also have to see whether or not I will do the Dakar next year. If it is not next year, I will do it again later.”

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