Alonso: I Almost Quit Last Year

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In news that won't come too much of a shock to Formula One fans, Fernando Alonso has admitted that he contemplated quitting the sport last summer, amid McLaren Honda turmoil.

At the beginning of last summer, Alonso took a mini hiatus from F1 to compete in the US series, IndyCar. The Spaniard took part in the famous Indy500 for a sister team in the US series, impressing many despite being a novice to the series.

The move came at a time when the Honda-McLaren relationship was its lowest point, amid accusations of under-perfomance and backstabbing by both sides. The public spat resulted in Honda being relieved of its duties, with Renault coming in to replace them towards the end of the 2017 season.

The switch to Renault should, McLaren dearly hope, result in much improved performances this season, and the UK-based team are hoping for a top 5 finish this season. Such a move has placated Alonso, who feels he would've regretted leaving Formula One if he decided to walkway last year:

"After I did the Indy 500 last year, when I came back there were a couple of races in Austria, Silverstone, when I thought 'maybe next year I could try a different series; I could do full commitment to the triple crown and do Indy and Le Mans and maybe that's the best thing'.

"But I felt it was not the time for me to step out - not right now, not after these results, not with this feeling… I knew I would regret it for the rest of my life and that I would have this bad taste for the rest of my racing career."

Philip Boeckman

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