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Alonso: I sacrificed a lot for F1, but no regrets.

Alonso: I sacrificed a lot for F1, but no regrets

Alonso: I sacrificed a lot for F1, but no regrets.

Fernando Alonso reflected on his time in Formula 1, 20 seasons, admitting he made a lot of sacrifices for the sport, insisting he does not regret any of them.

Alonso’s illustrious career in F1 started back in 2001 with Minardi and made the switch to Renault for 2002, and went on to win his first F1 Title in 2005 dethroning the great Michael Schumacher at Ferrari. He followed that up with another Title in 2006.

But those were the only Drivers’ Crowns the Spaniard achieved over the course of his career, and while his talent deserves more, he has taken wrong career decisions at wrong times, not to mention his tendency to implode within a team when things weren’t going his way.

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A disastrous 2007 with McLaren saw him return to Renault for two underwhelming seasons after which he moved to Ferrari for five-year-spell (2010-2014) that saw him deliver a combination of his best performances taking the fight to a dominant Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull a couple of times, he returned to McLaren in 2015 the first year of the Woking team’s reunion with Honda that promised a lot but only delivered pain.

Alonso retired from F1 for the first time at the end of 2018 and returned in 2021 with Alpine (his former Renault team) but stayed there for two seasons, only to go and replace Vettel at Aston Martin in 2023.

And for the first time, it seemed to be the right move at the right time for the double F1 Champion, as Aston Martin came up with a decent car for 2023, and while the team’s performance dropped over the course of the season, Alonso managed to deliver eight podiums.

The 42-year-old driver never seemed to have lost any of his abilities behind the wheel of an F1 car, his race craft as supreme as ever after 20 years in top flight.

In a interview with Aston Martin’s Official Website, Alonso was asked how he keeps himself motivated after all these years.

The two-year break served as a battery charger

Fernando Alonso

He said: “Well, I had these two years out of the sport in 2019-20. I think it reset everything. I recharged the batteries, and I came back in 2021 with fresh motivation and that’s still fresh right now.

“I think without that break, it would be difficult to keep up the motivation and the training and everything else,” he reckoned.

“I’m a very competitive person. I like to set goals and targets,” he added. “Ultimately, I want to win, we all do, but even when that seems unlikely, I set personal challenges: maybe finishing in the top five is possible, maybe a podium. That provides plenty of motivation.”

The Aston Martin driver was quizzed whether  he had to make sacrifices to ensure his longevity in F1, he said: “Of Course.

“You make sacrifices, and sometimes you’re aware of those when you’re making them and sometimes you don’t realise until five years later. That might be things you’d like to do, or family and friends you don’t see as often as you would like.

“I’m a very family-oriented person,” he revealed. “I love to spend time with my family. At this time of my life, I thought I’d already have a family and kids, all these kinds of things, and I found myself at 42 without any kids yet.

“At the same time, I’m doing what I love to do. I’m doing what I’m the best at doing – and I’ve never tried anything other than motorsport. So, when I look in the mirror in the morning, I’m happy with who I am and what I’m doing.

“I have sacrificed a lot for F1, but I have no regrets,” the veteran of 378 grands prix concluded.

Aston Martin finished 2023 fifth in the Constructors’ Standings with 280 points, 206 of those scored by Alonso who ended his maiden season in Green fourth in the Drivers’ Standings behind Lewis Hamilton.