I'm one of the best ever: Alonso

Ruben Hill
June 13, 2018

Although his last victory came at the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix, he still remains one of the finest racers on the grid, only marked with unlucky career decisions. Should Alonso be part of a winning Toyota effort, which is a formidable challenge even without the recent bad luck associated with the marque at LeMans, it will leave the Spaniard but one win short of the trifecta he desires.

This has led to speculation this might be his last season, although Alonso has said he will not decide on his future until the summer, and McLaren are very keen to keep him for another season.

"We're in talks with Fernando, as he said it was about this time previous year that we started having conversations".

"I could have won four or five championships, but at the same time I feel extremely privileged to have had 18 years in F1", he said this week in Montreal, where he has been feted for his class and longevity.

This week the McLaren driver has had another dig at F1. "Probably it will never change".

"This is race seven of 21 and we all know what is going to happen". This is very sad for the sport.

"In sports in general, you can play basketball and one night you have a magic night and you score 80 points and maybe you win the game together with your team-mates".

Alonso then compares F1 to football especially with the FIFA World Cup coming up in Russian Federation and there a few favourites to lift the infamous global trophy come July 15.

"There are favourites for the World Cup but you can't guarantee Germany, Spain or Brazil will win". Maybe, but maybe not. He's been linked with alternate motor racing series for some time now.

Double world champion Alonso competed in the Indianapolis 500 previous year in an effort connected to Andretti Motorsport, leading the race before an engine failure ended his involvement.

2014, 2015 and 2016 were dominated by Mercedes with the rivalry of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

2018 so far has seen three teams and three drivers competing for the driver's and constructors' championship making the competition a lot more open.

Alonso appeared to resurrect his title hopes with a move to Ferrari, but after he was beaten by Sebastian Vettel at the season-concluding races in 2010 and 2012, he was shown the door after the Italians grew frustrated with him.

"I don't want to just be a good driver, I want to be a complete driver and hopefully the best driver in the world".

"It was nothing, but it was a gift for the mechanics and for the motivation and for the sponsors". Now we can do whatever and we will not be P1, because the differences are huge.

Do you agree with Alonso's thoughts on F1? His major interest outside of competition is automotive technology and its application to the cars we drive every day on the public highways.

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