Fernando Alonso “would like to say yes” that he is returning to F1 to win a third World Championship – but is “aware of the limitations”.
The Spaniard has signed up for a third spell with Renault starting in 2021, going back to the team with whom he captured his two world titles in 2005 and 2006.
At present, Renault are very much a midfield team and still chasing a first podium finish since Nick Heidfeld bagged P3 at the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix.
Alonso obviously wants to compete at the sharp end when he makes his comeback after two years away and realises the sport’s new regulations in 2022 will offer the best chance to do that.
But he is not getting carried away with his prospects of becoming World Champion in his 40s.
In an interview with AS, asked if he is coming back to win a third world title, Alonso said: “I would like to say yes, but I am aware of the limitations, especially in 2021…there I know not.
“And in 2022 it is a coin in the air that many teams are throwing – Renault, Red Bull, Ferrari, Aston Martin…everyone thinks it will be the year everything will change and it will revolutionise F1, hopefully so.
“But nobody knows for sure what will happen and I don’t want to set that goal on this return to F1, which is so great and if it doesn’t come out I’ll have a bad feeling.
“I return to F1 simply because I love driving and it is a category that comes out more or less unscathed from the pandemic, with its limitations, and with a very powerful brand.”
Alonso, who last drove in an F1 race for McLaren at the end of the 2018 campaign, described Renault as being “like my family”.
“I return to a team that makes me very excited, which has been like my family,” he added.
“I come back happy, I come back prepared, I return after two years disconnected with charged batteries and I will drive the most sophisticated cars in the motor world every fortnight.
“So I come back with that idea. As I always say, when the traffic light turns green we all have a competitive animal and we want to win – you want titles, podiums, you want everything, but I am aware of the limitations and the difficulty we will have.”