Fernando Alonso almost quit Formula 1 for good due to this peculiar reason – “It was important to stop”

Fernando Alonso has revealed that he almost quit Formula 1 around three years ago because he felt that he was ‘wasting time’ in the category.

Alonso had taken a two-year sabbatical and undertook adventures at Le Mans, the Indy 500, and the Dakar Rally. But, now he is back on the F1 grid.

The 39-year-old is, however, struggling to find his speed on the track.

Fernando Alonso. Source: thetimes.co.uk

“I’m not worried about the performance,” he said in Baku.

“I’m happier than I expected to be and really enjoying every single weekend. When there isn’t a race, I miss it.”

Sundays are good

Alonso further claims that he is “happy with Sundays, not with Saturdays” in 2021.

The Alpine driver said that the more he gets used to Formula 1, the more it will be worth it considering he had a much-needed two-year break.

“It was necessary to stop,” said Alonso.

“I had been racing in Formula 1 for 18 seasons in a row without stopping, and staying fully dedicated had become too difficult. Besides, I had other challenges to do – I needed to do them.

Baku City Circuit. Source: f1experiences.com

“I was even feeling like I was wasting my time in Formula 1, but now I have come back happier. Now I am free to have fun every weekend.”

Ricciardo struggling more than Alonso

While Alonso is trying to find his feet in the sport, Daniel Ricciardo is having a tougher time.

Ricciardo, currently in his fifth race for McLaren was lapped by his less experienced teammate, Lando Norris.

“I am sure I can get back where I should be – the championship is a marathon, not a sprint,” said the Australian.

Daniel Ricciardo. Source: planetf1.com

“Ups and downs are just part of our profession.

“It’s a bit frustrating to race for tenth place, but the important thing for those who criticize is to remember that before we are professional drivers, we are still men,” Ricciardo said.

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