Fernando Alonso becoming an F1 team boss not very high on his wishlist

Jamie Woodhouse
Fernando Alonso with Stefano Domenicali. Miami May 2022.

Alpine driver Fernando Alonso greets Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali. Miami May 2022.

While not completely rulling out the idea of becoming a team boss, it is not something that currently appeals to Fernando Alonso.

At the age of 41, most drivers would have already hung up the gloves and helmet when it comes to Formula 1, but Alonso has just agreed a switch to Aston Martin on a multi-year deal, still operating at the peak of his abilities.

But of course, there is the glaring question of what the two-time World Champion will look to do after his full-time racing days are over.

One of the potential options would be to become a team principal in Formula 1, which as things stand, would make him the only team principal with experience of racing in Formula 1.

Alonso though feels that being a team boss would quickly drain his energy, as he can only cope now with the travel demands because he is doing it in order to race, which he loves to do.

“I don’t want to slam any doors on myself now, but at the moment it’s not high on my wishlist,” Alonso told Auto Motor und Sport on the prospect of becoming a Formula 1 team boss.

“Our job also means a lot of travelling, you put up with that because then you’re doing a job that you love and can do. If I had to travel to do something I’m not so good at, my inner battery would drain quickly.”

Fernando Alonso can be successful in driver management

A more common career path for Formula 1 drivers after their career is to manage up and coming talent. Ex-Red Bull driver Mark Webber for example has got his client Oscar Piastri a seat at McLaren. He will debut in 2023.

And this is an area of motorsport where Alonso is already active, via his A14 Management firm.

Formula E star Maximilian Günther is the most senior talent, while A14 Management house one of the most exciting prospects anywhere in junior racing in the form of Alpine Academy star Nikola Tsolov.

As a two-time World Champion who is regarded as one of the best all-round drivers Formula 1 has seen, Alonso has a wealth of knowledge to pass on to the racing stars of today and tomorrow, so may already have found his post-racing calling.

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