Fernando Alonso open to 2021 F1 return

'Let's see what opportunity comes' – Alonso not ruling out 2021 F1 return | Formula 1®

'Let's see what opportunity comes' – Alonso not ruling out 2021 F1 return | Formula 1®

If I do that after winning Le Mans, WEC, Daytona, there is nothing more I could ask.

Alonso is likely to race at Indy next year either for Andretti Autosport or the new McLaren team.

However, success at the Indy 500 has provided elusive, with Alonso leading through 27 laps in 2017 but retiring 24 laps from the end due to engine failure. On his return past year a catalogue of McLaren errors in the build-up meant he failed to qualify for the race itself. "So welcome an older dude, he can come along", said Hamilton, who was Alonso's teammate at McLaren.

"I'm doing Dakar in January which is a big challenge and next year hopefully Indy is in the plan again", he said.

"I have a loyalty to McLaren and there is also how good I felt in Andretti, and I feel part of that staff and team".

Alonso left F1 after four disappointing seasons with McLaren that failed to yield a single podium finish, while he last won a grand prix in 2013.

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Andretti use Honda engines, but Alonso insisted there would be "no problem" in him driving a Honda-powered vehicle for them at Indy next year.

Fernando Alonso, a double world champion, announced that he was leaving the sport and the Spaniard was given a wonderful farewell at the season-ending Formula One Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix past year. Though I'll try and do a little bit better than this year!

"First I want to do Dakar and Indy and then see if I'm missing F1", he said.

"F1 is still a possibility". But I think it only makes sense if he gets stuck in a competitive auto. The Spaniard is back in Abu Dhabi this weekend and explained to Sky Sports how he's interested in rejoining the sport for the 2021 F1 season.

In much the same way that the media continues to push the 'Hamilton to Ferrari' narrative, speculation over the Spaniard's future, and a possible return to F1, remains a constant. It's interesting to see in the past, obviously, with drivers wanting to come back, like Michael (Schumacher), and it's something you've done your whole life so.

"Also the driver market is very open for 2021, so there is no hurry to make a decision".

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