Fernando Alonso says he doesn't expect the projected Formula 1 rule changes to impact him in 2021.

The two-time F1 world champion made the revelation when quizzed for his reaction to the planned change for low profile 18-inch tyres and a ban on tyre warmers, as part of the wider rules shake-up for 2021, with the Spanish rider venting his frustrations at the current F1 tyre rules which made the wet FP3 effectively a no-show.

The majority of the F1 grid opted not to run in the final practice session at Hockenheim in order to preserve its wet tyre allocation for qualifying and the race with no extra tyres provided from the start of the race weekend.

“I will not be here in 2021,” Alonso said. ““[I’ll be] on the sofa watching. Tour de France, all these things.

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“For me, it's more important to solve the problem like this morning. It happened in France and it happened this morning again. When it rains in FP3, we have 50,000 people on the grandstand watching no action, because we don't have an extra set of tyres to run in FP3.

“The tyres are the ones you use in qualifying and in the race in case of a wet qualifying or wet race, you save the tyres. We have 50,000 people here and millions of people watching with no car action. I think we need to fix some other things before the future rules.”

Alonso’s F1 future remains uncertain beyond the end of the current season with the Spanish driver linked to a potential IndyCar switch from 2019.

It is believed Alonso’s current McLaren F1 contract has an option for 2019 while he has confirmed he will make a firm decision on his future after the summer break.

 

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