The challenge Fernando Alonso has in mind when he leaves F1Fernando Alonso, Alpine F1 driver — F1 — Autobild.es

The challenge Fernando Alonso has in mind when he leaves F1Fernando Alonso, Alpine F1 driver — F1 — Autobild.es

Fernando Alonso feel ready to continue Formula 1 at least a few more years, as he has shown with the signing of his new contract with the Aston Martin team, but the Asturian driver is also attracted to other challenges outside the premier class. One of them is the Dakarwhere he is set to return in the years to come.

The Dakar Rally It was the most extreme adventure of Alonso’s sporting career. As a double F1 world champion and 24 hours of Le Mans Repeated several times, this test was totally the opposite of what he was used to doing, which was to run on a “predictable” circuit and not in the middle of the desert.

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Despite a few scares that set him back in the standings, Alonso made his Dakar Rally debut with flying colors and, more importantly, managed to reach the finish line and accumulate valuable experience. Fernando came to dream of victories in another stage and finished thirteenth overall driving the official Toyota Hilux which he shared with Marc Coma.

The Dakar, say those who have participated in it for decades, is an engaging adventure that keeps you coming back year after year. After finishing it, Alonso decided to get back on the F1 train to start a second stage which is still lasting, and which will last at least until the end of 2024, since he has signed with Aston Martin F1. Later, the Spaniard wants to return to the Dakar.

“I will always race, because I love to compete and drive,” Alonso said when asked about his future, in an interview with journalist Melissa Jiménez on DAZN F1. “I have an example and an inspiration, it is Carlos (Sainz) Sr., who continues to race and win the Dakar. I have enough rope for a while”, continued the double champion.

I hope to be in Formula 1 two or three more years, as long as it is 100%. A challenge that I have never hidden from myself is to try the Dakar again”, revealed the Spaniard who, after his last participation in the Indianapolis 500 miles, seems to have been disenchanted with the race and no longer thinks of his conquest, either for lack sensations or because of the excessive risk he runs.

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Asked by the journalist whether, once his stage in F1 as a driver is over, he could return to the paddock as team manager, Alonso assured that he did not see himself in this function…but he didn’t completely close the door: “I can’t say I won’t. When I stop running, I think it would cost me to come to another function.”

The Alonso’s return to the Dakar If we take into account these “two or three more years in F1”, in 2025 or 2026, we would be in the midst of a technological revolution within the main category of the toughest rally in the world, which is already exploring the options of sustainable mobility. , such as biofuels, hydrogen or electrification, which has already offered its first stage victories with the Audi RS Q e-tron.

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