Fernando Alonso says he lost all motivation in his final year at Ferrari which was one of the reasons behind his switch to McLaren Honda.

The two-time Formula 1 world champion made headline news with his big money move to the Woking-based team, paving the way for Sebastian Vettel to take his place at Ferrari.

The Spaniard reveals he lost drive to compete at Ferrari after playing second-fiddle to Red Bull and Mercedes over the past few seasons and was desperate for a fresh challenge.

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"I lost the motivation last year," Alonso said before the Austrian Grand Prix To be second and third for so many years and with not really any progress and without motivation it is very difficult to work and I have all that back now."

Despite his turbulent start to his second stint at McLaren Alonso insists he made the right decision to switch teams during the winter.

The 33-year-old suffered a heavy shunt during pre-season testing at Barcelona which ruled him out of the season opener in Australia and has failed to finish in five of the seven Grand Prixs he's contested this year, with his frustrations coming to a head in Canada.

"I don't have any regrets because I am happy now," Alonso said. "I am enjoying the weekends and I am enjoying my job and I need this motivation."

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I will have to agree with Alonso, he is just stating the facts, do you see Ferrari's dominating? a lucky win but still 3rd in WC... so may Ferrari has gone better, but not enough to fight the Mercs... in Mclaren, they are in the worst position now, but the car is not yet sorted, the engine is still not reliable and I believe they are not running at 100% yet... so if Mclaren is already running 100% and they are still nowhere, then Alonso made a mistake, but until then his decision cannot be judge if its the right or wrong thing to do.