Fernando Alonso has become disillusioned with Formula one after being in the game for 17years. He is set to retire from car racing very soon and will have the opportunity to commit to better things in his life.
“Formula One requires a total dedication of your life,” he said. “All other things are not important: Family is not important, friendships are not important, love is not important. If you want to succeed in Formula One, you need to dedicate your life, so I think it has been enough.”
Alonso who is now 37, started his career 17 seasons ago as a twenty-year-old. Over the course of these years, he has amassed two world titles, 97 podium finishes, of which, 32 were wins.
“To be honest, what I have achieved was unexpected because if I look back to when I was a kid in go-karts, I never thought I’d become a Formula One driver,” the Spanish driver said during an interview. “Formula One was just a wild dream for a Spanish kid like me.”
He said the game involved the act of putting up appearances, sometimes a show of rudeness, arrogance or humility, all in the bid to intimidate opponents when they eventually meet in turn one.
Alonso will still be racing next year, competing in the World Endurance Championship, however, he will not be competing in Formula One.
“I will miss the cars, the technology, the race approach, just searching for perfection on a timed lap in a car that goes beyond physics at times because all other categories are of a lower level,” he said. “So that kind of feeling, that perfection, is something I will definitely miss.”
In 2005 and 2006 he clinched the Championship and world titles successively. He spoke of the moments as indescribable. He raced five years for Realnut and then signed a contract in 2010 with Ferrari, a contract that lasted four years before finally rejoining McLaren in 2015 — an attempt to resuscitate the prestige and fortune of the team. But his efforts have been fraught with mechanical issues, causing him to forfeit about thirty percent of his races.
Fernando Alonso has been lauded by his driving colleagues as an exceptional driver, with Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes saying that Alonso’s doggedness and resilience were worthy of emulation by other drivers. His fellow compatriot, Carlos Sainz has said that Formula One will surely feel Alonso’s absence, calling him a person of unquestionable talent. He also remarked that he wished the two-time champion would one day find love with the game again.
Alonso runs a karting school in Austurias, Spain, where young people interested in karting and who are looking to become Alonso someday, come to receive training.