Fernando Alonso feels he can ‘definitely’ keep racing in F1 until at least 2025

Henry Valantine
Fernando Alonso leaning over Aston Martin car. Abu Dhabi November 2022.

Fernando Alonso leaning over Aston Martin car in Yas Marina garage. Abu Dhabi November 2022.

Fernando Alonso thinks he “definitely” has “another two or three years” at the top of motorsport, if he feels he can still give his best performances.

Alonso overtook Kimi Raikkonen’s record to become the driver with the most race starts in Formula 1 history, sitting on 355 as of the end of 2022, but the two-time World Champion is confident he will be able to keep up his performance level for at least the next couple of seasons.

The Spaniard joins Aston Martin on a multi-year contract from next season and the 41-year-old has shown no signs of his speed waning in his time with Alpine, and he spoke of how he has been changing his approach to ensure he is able to avoid becoming swallowed up by the busy world of Formula 1.

When asked how long he feels he can keep driving, Alonso told Auto Motor und Sport: “As long as I still feel I can give 100 percent, so definitely another two or three years.

“At my age, I have to approach many things differently. The training, the travelling, the events in between.

“Formula 1 takes up more and more of your time. You have to organise yourself well so you don’t get burned out.”

Alonso already took two years away from Formula 1 and tried different motorsport challenges in that time, including taking on the Indianapolis 500 and winning the Le Mans 24 Hours in his quest to win motorsport’s Triple Crown, as well as taking top honours at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2019, alongside a tilt at the Dakar Rally, all while winning the World Endurance Championship with Toyota.

Even though he has already left Formula 1 before, he said he has never considered quitting racing completely, given how much motorsport means to him.

“Yes, I am,” he admitted when asked if he is scared of life without racing. “I don’t have a plan B. I’ve been a racing driver all my life and I’m only good at this discipline because I’ve learned nothing else.

“My life has always been dedicated to motorsport. And what I’m best at in this sport is driving. If one day I have to quit Formula 1, I’ll do other races.

“A victory in the Dakar, that would be another challenge. Because no one has ever done it in this combination. But sitting around at home, that scares me.”

Alonso took part in post-season testing with his new team in Abu Dhabi, and will begin life as an Aston Martin driver from January, where he will partner Lance Stroll.

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