Alonso: I better say nothing [about Vettel mistake]

Despite following and watching Formula 1 whenever he can, Fernando Alonso has opted not to weigh in on the Sebastian Vettel-penalty saga that exploded after another mistake by the German cost Ferrari an almost sure victory in Canada last time out.

History shows that Alonso spent five years at Ferrari where he was runner-up in the championship on three occasions but never bagged another F1 title to add to his two as, at the time, Sebastian Vettel was on a high and with Red Bull dominating from 2010-2013.

The Spaniard then made a career-defining call to depart Ferrari and join McLaren, with Vettel replacing him at a Maranello. Nevertheless, five years down that road and the Reds are still hankering for a title to break the 11-year drought.

Asked about ‘that incident‘ during the Canadian Grand Prix – Vettel’s error and subsequent penalty handing victory to Lewis Hamilton – Alonso said, “I better say nothing, because my opinion is insignificant and because everyone has made up their own minds anyway.”

Inevitably Vettel’s form and mistakes under pressure have prompted speculation that the four-time F1 World Champion is considering retirement, a scenario which the 31-year-old has firmly denied.

Nevertheless, after winning Le Mans for a second time and being crowned WEC champion with Toyota Gazoo Racing, Alonso was asked by reporters if F1 was still on his radar.

He responded,  “2020 F1 with Ferrari? Who knows what will happen, but should we not be talking about endurance racing here?”

And added, “I watch F1 as often as I can. Of the seven races this season, I missed three because I was on a plane. If I cannot watch a Grand Prix live, then I’ll watch the recording. I feel like any F1 fan – there are races that I find exciting, and other races are rather bland.”

“But that happens in every sport. If I’m watching Barcelona against Madrid, I’ve already experienced 5:5 games or a 0:0, but I still sit down to watch the game on TV.”

As for his future, now that his WEC adventure with Toyota is over, Alonso remained tight-lipped, “I won’t think about my future until July, but I don’t want to do so many different things as this year, because that will lose the perfection that it takes to be successful in a specific area.”

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