Alonso: ‘Opposite to Schumi, I’ve had inferior cars’

Michelle Foster
Fernando Alonso Renault

Fernando Alonso is hoping for a different outcome to his comeback to Michael Schumacher, saying they went in different directions.

Schumacher quit Formula 1 at the end of the 2006 season, saying farewell to both the sport and Ferrari.

He was, however, still fighting the Drivers’ Championship in his final season with the Scuderia, losing to Alonso by 134 points to 121.

He returned to the sport in 2010, signing with Mercedes.

Those three years, though, yielded just one podium result for the seven-time World Champion leaving many of his fans disappointed.

Alonso hopes it is the other way around for him.

Having not won a grand prix in his last five seasons, one spent with Ferrari and four with McLaren, the 39-year-old is dreaming of a comeback that is the complete “opposite” to Schumacher’s.

“Michael had very good cars during his career and when he came back his car was pretty average, so everybody was disappointed,” Judge13 quotes the Spaniard as having told L’Equipe.

“In my case the opposite could happen.

“I had inferior cars in the last five years of my career and who knows what will happen now.”

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Alonso is returning to the sport with Renault having signed with the team for a third stint.

The Enstone team has been the most improved on this year’s grid with Daniel Ricciardo claiming two podiums in the last three races.

Renault are up to third in the Constructors’ Championship, a point ahead of McLaren and Racing Point.

Alonso was back in action with the team at the Sakhir circuit on Wednesday, putting in the laps in an RS18.

Asked by Sky Sports recently if he’ll stay in F1 ”for as long as it takes to get a third World Championship’, he replied: “I don’t think so.

“I don’t think I will target certain results before I stop.

“But I think in motorsport the time watch is what tells you when to stop, not the age.

“I hope the time watch is on my side in the coming years.”

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