Alonso: “I could have won 4 or 5 Championships”

McLaren’s Fernando Alonso reveals that, in his opinion, Formula 1 in this turbo era has become very predictable.

Many fans and pundits see Alonso’s decision to compete in other motorsport series for 2018 as a sign that the two time world champion has become disillusioned with F1 but the Spaniard is keen to debunk that theory.

“I’m not bored,” Alonso told journalists in Montreal. “It’s obviously the top series in motor sport. It’s where we all dream to come one day when we are go-kart drivers.

“But it’s true that in the last years, especially with the turbo era, things are so predictable. This is race seven, there are 21 races, and we all know what is going to happen in the next 14 races. This is very sad for the sport.

“It’s nothing against Formula One, it’s not that I get tired of F1, it’s just I know that I will come here and I will fight from seventh to 12th and I will finish the season in Abu Dhabi fighting from seventh to 12th.”

Alonso said he isn’t done with F1 yet. “I already signed last year,” he said. “It is a multi-year contract. I have many more years.”

It has often been said that Fernando has been his own worst enemy when making decisions move between teams, ever since joining McLaren in 2007. And since his return to Woking after leaving what is now a potentially championship winning team in Ferrari, it could be argued that this is a lesson he is never learnt. Yet, for the first time ever Fernando Alonso acknowledges this trait revealing:

“I know that there are some opportunities missing in the past. We could have won probably four or five championships by, I think, seven points one time and then three and three, something like that.

“At the same time I feel extremely privileged to have 18 years in F1.”

But still Alonso is a two-time world champion and has had incredible success with multiple wins and podiums as he contests is 300 event this weekend in Canada. But clearly he is a competitor with unshakable self belief in his own abilities as he points out fellow Formula 1 drivers who are rated as hugely talented but often considered perennial underachievers:

“I know there are drivers here that I race against, I see them on the track, I see their previous categories, and they never experienced even a podium.”

The McLaren driver then goes on to list these drivers.

“I see my team mate now, Nico [Hulkenberg], Carlos [Sainz Jnr], I see a lot of talented drivers that didn’t even score a podium.”

“At the same time we missed some opportunities but I’m happy with the things I have done.”

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