Alonso: F1's 2021 overhaul "a good opportunity" to return

Fernando Alonso says the planned regulations changes for 2021 would make that year a "good opportunity" for a possible return to Formula 1.

Alonso: F1's 2021 overhaul "a good opportunity" to return

The two-time world champion left the sport at the end of last year, citing the top teams' dominance and the predictability of the races as the main reasons for his decision.

Since then Alonso has focused on endurance racing and the Indianapolis 500, which he failed to qualify for this year.

The Spaniard is also working with Toyota ahead of a possible assault on the Dakar Rally.

With a significant overhaul of the rules set to come into play in 2021, Alonso admits he could be tempted to return to F1 then.

"I think I need to figure out a couple of different challenges out of Formula 1 that I need to complete," Alonso, who is at Monza with McLaren this weekend, told Sky when asked if he could return in 2020.

"They are not yet finished, like the Indy 500 and some other stuff. And 2021 with the new regulations I think is a good mix that we can find there and maybe a different Formula 1 from what we see now.

"I think the reasons why I left Formula 1 last year are still present now, with the domination from one team and the races a little bit too predictable, but in 2021 these things can be changed and maybe it's a good opportunity there."

Read Also:

Alonso said he was "always" in talks with teams about a potential return to grand prix racing, but refused to expand.

While he concedes an overhaul of the rules would make F1 more attractive, he said a 22-race calendar would be the biggest downside.

"Any other sport is more unpredictable than Formula 1. If you see MotoGP, if you see Indy, so I think there still some things [that need changing]...

"I think the new regulations are made for that, to level the field a little bit and to have a bit more options there.

"The only bad thing is the calendar: 22 races is non-stop, it's quite demanding, so let's see. I'm getting old."

shares
comments
Italian GP: Leclerc pips Hamilton by 0.068s in FP2

Previous article

Italian GP: Leclerc pips Hamilton by 0.068s in FP2

Next article

Albon explains why he ran plain helmet in Monza practice

Albon explains why he ran plain helmet in Monza practice
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Drivers Fernando Alonso
Author Pablo Elizalde
Why McLaren doesn’t doubt Ricciardo can escape his ‘dark’ place Prime

Why McLaren doesn’t doubt Ricciardo can escape his ‘dark’ place

Three points finishes from as many starts represents a decent opening innings on paper, but Daniel Ricciardo has endured a tough start to his McLaren career - only magnified his teammate's excellent form. Yet both he and the team have good reason to expect a turnaround soon.

Formula 1
May 6, 2021
What needs to “change” for Red Bull is ending Verstappen’s errors Prime

What needs to “change” for Red Bull is ending Verstappen’s errors

OPINION: Going up against the dominant force of Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton was always going to demand the best from Red Bull and Max Verstappen. But after making a couple more errors during the Portuguese Grand Prix, the Dutch driver showed there's a small gap he still needs to close in the 2021 Formula 1 title fight.

Formula 1
May 5, 2021
The "subtle" Red Bull upgrades that kept it in the Portugal F1 mix Prime

The "subtle" Red Bull upgrades that kept it in the Portugal F1 mix

Red Bull's Portuguese Grand Prix fortunes were decidedly second best to Mercedes', but the result skews the potential that the team had at Portimao. With a new set of updates, the team looks good going forward into the rest of 2021's spicy F1 competition

Formula 1
May 3, 2021
Portuguese Grand Prix driver ratings Prime

Portuguese Grand Prix driver ratings

The 2021 Portuguese GP will for several drivers go down as a weekend of missed opportunities amid imperfect track conditions that caused struggles with tyre warm-up. But the performances of a select few stood out from the crowd

Formula 1
May 3, 2021
The five key tests Hamilton passed to claim Portugal victory Prime

The five key tests Hamilton passed to claim Portugal victory

Just as he did in 2020, Lewis Hamilton had to come from behind to win the 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix. Only this time there were two rivals he had to pass, among the several challenges he had to overcome, on his way to securing a 97th grand prix victory

Formula 1
May 3, 2021
The data that leaves both Red Bull, Mercedes uncertain of supremacy Prime

The data that leaves both Red Bull, Mercedes uncertain of supremacy

Lewis Hamilton topped the crucial FP2 session on Friday as F1 returned to Portugal, but his Mercedes team cannot be sure it has the edge on its Red Bull rivals. As cool temperatures and wind combine with the still-slippery surface to present drivers with quandaries over set-up and tyre warmup, there's still everything to play for come qualifying.

Formula 1
May 1, 2021
How in-form Norris is staking his claim as Britain's next F1 champion Prime

How in-form Norris is staking his claim as Britain's next F1 champion

As a highly-rated Mercedes junior, George Russell is naturally billed as Lewis Hamilton's heir apparent where Britain's next Formula 1 champion is concerned. But he may face competition for that accolade from Lando Norris, fresh from a confidence-boosting run to third at Imola whose rise is being accelerated by his McLaren team’s revival

Formula 1
Apr 29, 2021
The biggest headache F1 faces over its sprint race experiments Prime

The biggest headache F1 faces over its sprint race experiments

The news this week that F1 has green-lit 'sprint qualifying' races that will determine the grid for three grands prix in 2021 was met with a blend of excitement and scepticism. But before those in both camps can be vilified, F1 must first work out what its criteria is for success - and what will justify making them a more permanent fixture

Formula 1
Apr 28, 2021