‘It’s difficult to think about coming back… but the door is not closed’: Fernando Alonso is not ruling out F1 return as he prepares for final race
- Fernando Alonso admits he could change his mind over his retirement
- The Spaniard is in Abu Dhabi ahead of the final race of the 2018 season
- Alonso admits he could be desperate to return by the start of the 2019 campaign
Fernando Alonso has opened the door to a sensational return to F1 in the future after admitting he could change his mind over his proposed retirement.
The Spaniard is in Abu Dhabi this weekend ahead of his proposed final race after 17 years in the sport.
The two-time world champion announced he was bowing out earlier this year to concentrate on other racing categories.
Fernando Alonso has not ruled out one day returning to F1 ahead of his final race
The Spaniard is in Abu Dhabi for the finale of the 2018 season after announcing his retirement
But he now admits his feelings could change next year as he watches from the sidelines for the first time since 2002.
‘Right now it’s difficult to think about coming back, but the door is not closed,’ said the 37-year-old.
‘I don’t know how I will feel next year. I have been doing this for my whole life so maybe next year by April or May I’m desperate on the sofa so maybe I find a way somehow to come back.
‘But it’s not the initial idea. So it’s more about myself: if I come back it’s not for any particular reason or deadline or something that has to happen.
Alonso admits he could change his mind over his planned retirement next year
Alonso is planning to bow out after 17 seasons to concentration on other racing categories
‘It’s going to be more how I feel in the middle of next year.’
Alonso has committed to the Indy 500 in May next year as he attempts to complete the triple crown, and the final three rounds of the World Endurance Championship super-season.
He later added to Sky F1: ‘Right now, it’s my intention that this is my last race. But by next year, maybe, I will feel empty without Formula 1 and I will find a way to come back in the future.’