Fernando Alonso is planning a busy racing schedule when he leaves Formula 1 when the floodlights are switched off at Yas Marina Circuit at the end of this season, but the veteran Spaniard is not ruling out a return to the top flight in the future.
Although his Formula 1 stint with McLaren ends after the season finale, Alonso will spearhead the Woking team’s 2019 Indy 500 programme, which for now also includes the last three races of the WEC Superseason with Toyota Gazoo Racing until end of June next year.
Speaking during the Shanghai 6-Hours weekend, where he finished second in the #8 Toyota, Alonso told Xinhua, “There’s going to be a couple more challenges than the Indy 500.”
“I feel I need to recharge my batteries a bit next year, but in 2020, of course it can be a possibility to have a full season in IndyCar, a full season back in F1, or a full season in another series.”
“That experience is going to be key, because I now know the race, and I know the event. It’s a long two weeks, and though the qualifying and race format seem easy to people who have done it for years, everything was new for me, so I think that experience will be a huge help,” added the two times F1 World Champion.
Big Question: Will we see Fernando back in F1 after he leaves at the end of this season?