Fernando Alonso may be departing Formula 1 at the end of this season, but the Spaniard intends building his legacy to be remembered as the best racing driver in motorsport.
Options next year beyond Formula 1 appear plentiful with his WEC programme with Toyota running until the mid-2019 while an Indycar programme is a possibility, as is a Nascar foray and most recent interest from Formula E.
For now, nothing is decided according to the McLaren driver who discussed his plans with journalists in Singapore, “What I will do next year is more based on how it makes me feel happy, and trying to make something special: being the best driver in the world of motorsport, not only F1.”
“I’m checking a couple of things, and hopefully by October or something like that, in one month’s time, I hope to get everything done, and say to you. I need to consider how much preparation and dedication I need to put into those new things to be ready and competitive.”
“If I feel I can be ready and competitive, I will accept the challenge. If I see it as too difficult I will postpone the challenge for later on. It’s something that I need to consider in a wider range. And they are very important in motorsport. There is appeal in all these types of events.”
Asked about if Nascar was an option for him, “Not really. I mean it’s definitely another series that is attractive. All motorsport series have their good things and their bad things. We know NASCAR is one of the great series in motorsport.”
“Obviously, I have never tested the car, I have zero information about the championship, the rules. So it’s a very difficult thing to judge,” explained Alonso.