System 1 |  Alonso not planning to participate in Aston Martin’s ‘Le Mans’ program

System 1 | Alonso not planning to participate in Aston Martin’s ‘Le Mans’ program

Fernando Alonso says he will not mix up his Formula 1 partnership with Aston Martin next year and return to Le Mans.

The Spaniard, who is leaving Alpine F1 after this year, won Le Mans in 2018 and 2019 but says the F1 calendar no longer suits the joint project.

“It’s difficult,” he tells El Mundo Deportivo when asked about returning to Le Mans with Aston Martin, which left the door open for a return to the WEC in LMDh.

“At the moment I’m very focused on F1, and Aston Martin too. Next year we have 24 races plus tests, sponsored events and you almost run out of life. You dedicate everything to one thing. , F1.”

“As long as I’m in F1, Le Mans is impossible and in the future I don’t know if I’ll try again. I’ve won both times I’ve been there and I’m afraid to break this beautiful streak.”

Indeed, the two-time world champion says he is so committed to his second stint in F1 with Aston Martin that he hopes. “to have my 33rd victory in Formula 1 with them”.

“I’m sure we’ll do a good job,” adds Alonso.

“They have all the resources and made all the necessary investments, they have the talent – they have signed ‘number 1’ engineers from Red Bull and Mercedes. This year they have started this era of F1 badly, but often badly. Starting gives you a spark to change the situation quickly. Let’s try to turn it around. “

However, he said a lot when he returned to F1 last year with Alpine, and the team and the media took his bike. “the plan”.

“Let’s not do this again,” smiled Alonso, “Because there were enough problems with El Plan already. Those things are always emphasized on social media. If that’s the mission, then it’s the mission. Do I believe in that? We all should.”

“But what happens in F1 is that when you start in position, you finish close to that position. It’s not like football where the younger can beat the older immediately.”

“In F1 everything is mathematically correct for that. There are few moments of surprise. That’s the big problem. You can create illusions one after another, but in 24 races it can be very bad and disappointing for your fans. It’s projects long-term. The effects of the work are not visible from one week to the next.”