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Sport Fernando Alonso reveals why he almost quit F1 last year

04:20  14 march  2018
04:20  14 march  2018 Source:   ftw.usatoday.com

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Two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso almost called it quits last year.

After struggling in recent seasons with his McLaren team, the 36-year-old racer considered leaving F1 at the end of the 2017 season, especially after a strong run in the Indy 500 last May reminded him what it's like to be in contention. According to a story being published in the new issue of the F1 Racing magazine, the IndyCar Series in the U.S. and endurance races were on his mind last year.

Via ESPN:

"Yes, I did think about the possibility of changing series and stopping Formula 1," he said in an interview being published in the next edition of the F1 Racing magazine. "After I did the Indy 500 last year, when I came back there were a couple of races in Austria, Silverstone, when I thought, 'Maybe next year I could try a different series; I could do full commitment to the triple crown and do Indy and Le Mans and maybe that's the best thing'."

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Last season, Alonso made it clear he has his eye on winning the Triple Crown Motorsport: The Indy 500, the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France and the Monaco Grand Prix. He already won the Monaco Grand Prix, twice, and was a serious threat in the 2017 Indy 500 until his engine failed in the final laps.

He is also expected to race in this season's 24 Hours of Le Mans in June, so it's not outrageous to imagine him considering leaving F1 behind for something new.

Alonso finished the 2017 season 15th with 17 points - not even remotely close to champion Lewis Hamilton's 363.

So what changed his mind? Alonso - who re-signed in the fall with McLaren, which traded its struggling Honda engines for Renault - didn't want to leave F1 on such a sour note.

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"But I felt it was not the time for me to step out - not right now, not after these results, not with this feeling. I knew I would regret it for the rest of my life and that I would have this bad taste for the rest of my racing career.

"So definitely I still want to succeed. There is unfinished business for me and McLaren together. And I think this year is the time all these things will change. I feel pretty sure about that."

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