Alonso regrets not quitting F1 sooner – “I should have left two years earlier”

Fernando Alonso regrets not leaving F1 sooner, saying he should have probably left before he actually took the plunge.

Alonso is a two-time champion in F1, and is one of the greatest drivers to have driven an F1 car. However, he fell out of love with the sport a few years back, and took the decision to leave it in 2018.

The Spaniard was caught up in a career rut at McLaren, driving uncompetitive cars and battling anywhere except the top of the pack. It was not a situation the driver wanted to be in.

Alonso left F1 and raced in Le Mans, the Dakar Rally and Indy 500. He then made a return to F1 this season, having signed for Alpine. He is having a good season, and is having a car that is always a threat every weekend.

In an interview with L’Equipe, Alonso revealed that he regrets not leaving F1 sooner, and said that he should have left before he actually did.

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Alonso (pictured) before he left F1. Source:

As quoted by, when asked if he has any regrets throughout his illustrious career, Alonso said, “Perhaps there is one – that I left too late. I should have left Formula 1 earlier.

“It’s easy to say now, but I shouldn’t have wait until 2018. I should have left in 2015 or 2016, two years earlier, to try Dakar and endurance.

“I already had it in mind in 2015, but it took a while to mature. Maybe too long.


Alonso looks very happy and calm at Alpine, but he has also been standing up against what he perceives as injustice in F1. His clash with the FIA has been making the headlines recently, and he commented on it.

“I have always tried to fight against injustices,” he continued.

“That is not new, it was the same in the past. There have always been inconsistencies based on nationalities, either with penalties or enforcement of a rule.

“I remember when I was fighting for the title with Red Bull, we knew they had a very flexible front wing and they won five or six races before it was banned. I lost the championship in 2012 by three points,” he concluded.

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