Dont regret leaving Ferrari now, but if they win the title this year I might: Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso talks about his decision to leave Ferrari and also reveals that McLaren would be the last team he would represent in Formula One.
Two-time Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso has said that if his former team Ferrari go on to win the title this year,then he might regret leaving them. The 33-year-old had a four-year spell between 2010 and 2014 with the Maranello-based team, where he finished second on three occasions in 2010, 2012 and 2013.
“It's a question that I expected, obviously, because with Ferrari winning the second race and me out in Q2 is a perfect moment to ask.”
"If they finish second, or if they finish third, then I'm happy with the decision. But I've been with Ferrari for five years and I finished second three times and I didn't want to finish second a fourth time, so if they win the championship at the end of the year maybe I'll have a different opinion,” the former Renault driver said.
"There were years when we started very well at Ferrari, winning here in 2013 for example, but when it counts is in November and in November we never won, so I want to win in November, so we'll see. If they finish second, or if they finish third, then I'm happy with the decision,” he added.
McLaren hasn't had the greatest of starts with the new Honda engines but the Spaniard confident about the team making a strong comeback in the upcoming races.
“There is no date, or a grand Prix where we think from there on we will competitive.We know they are putting all the effort into the project, all the resources they have, all the technical people they have. It's just a question of time.
“As I said, being behind in testing is a high price to pay now in the first races because there is a learning process but the step forwards that we are doing are quite positive and we are going in the right direction because sometimes you can get lost when you are so far behind, but I don't think we are lost,” Alonso said.
"And also we are not asking them [Honda] when will this happen. It's a question of time when we will be competitive, and hopefully it will be sooner rather than later,” he added.
McLaren will be the last team that I will race for: Alonso
The driver also said that McLaren would be the last team for whom he would race in Formula One.
"I started with a McLaren-Honda replica built by my father when I was three years old and I will finish with a McLaren-Honda, but the real one in Formula 1, and that will be one-third of my life with a great experience, with great memories, great friendships.
"I think after 15, or 16, or 17 in Formula 1 is enough. It's probably the same example as with Ferrari. I will close that part of my life,” he said.
When asked if he would take up a role in the management team, he said, ”No, I don't think so. But the normal life will start the day I retired and I don't think I will see myself here as a manager or following the sport.,” he concluded.