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Alonso: I was right to leave Ferrari

Fernando Alonso: Now it is not a relief that they are not winning or having more problems, I don't wish any problems on Ferrari because it is a team that I will always have in my heart. But in terms of driving, how competitive [I am] or my third world championship hopes, then you [need to] drive for Mercedes or McLaren-Honda. That is my opinion
Fernando Alonso reiterates he thinks he was right to leave Ferrari when he did, but adds he takes no pleasure from the Maranello team's current difficulties.

Alonso moved back to McLaren last season, and while the Scuderia seemed to be making progress at the start of the year, the fact remains the squad has yet to win in 2016, and in recent races Red Bull has moved ahead and become Mercedes' principal threat.

Indeed after a lacklustre German Grand Prix, Ferrari dropped behind Red Bull to third in the Constructors' Championship and with the recent loss of highly rated technical director, James Allison, times are challenging for the Scuderia.

“I was right. I was right because I felt I was right,” Alonso replied, when asked if he looks at Ferrari now and thinks 'Thank goodness I got out when I did and I was right'.

“In 2014 I made the decision and had two years more on my contract, but felt I was right to go. Whatever results they achieve in 2015 and 2016 or in the future, for me my time there was fantastic and I wanted to finish on that fantastic feeling.

“Every year was a little bit more stress because you are not winning and it seems that it is your fault. Now it is not a relief that they are not winning or having more problems, I don't wish any problems on Ferrari because it is a team that I will always have in my heart. But in terms of driving, how competitive [I am] or my third world championship hopes, then you [need to] drive for Mercedes or McLaren-Honda. That is my opinion and the feeling from that decision.”

Pressed on if the Scuderia will struggle to stay second, he added: “I don't know. It's a question more for them.”

As for the future, Alonso revealed that no decision has yet been made about extending his current three-year contract beyond the end of 2017.

“We will see [how long I stay]. I don't have a crystal ball, but I am happy and the biggest thing is next year's car, how they feel, how exciting the car is to drive, how much tyres we need to save, how much fuel we need to save and how much enjoyment I get from driving next year's car. After that we will decide,” he concluded.
by Rob Wilkins


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31.07.2016 - Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-31
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29.07.2016 - Free Practice 2, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-31
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Sophisticated

August 07, 2016 5:10 PM

Wow - real hater here commenting on what was more than likely an answer to a reporter's question. He is very courteous and respectful in this interview but some folks just want to hate I guess. it is also debatable whether they in fact are closer now to the front running cars compared to when Alonso was at Ferrari...

Cris Zarate

August 08, 2016 4:39 AM

By the rate of Mclaren-Honda progress comparing from 2015 to 2016, it is not impossible for them to be a podium contender next year and probably a championship contender in 2018. in 2015 - they average quali and race finish are from 14 to 18 and top 10 if they are really lucky. in 2016 - they are more often than not in top 10 in quali and race. That is just 2 years from the renewed partnership with Honda. Honda may not be as powerful as Mercedes or even Ferrari, but they are a lot closer and maybe same of just lagging a bit from Renault. Just look at the fight between Alonso and Massa in Silverstone, on corner exit Honda is not that slow compared to Williams.



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