Fernando Alonso drops a fresh F1 return hint as a two-time champion opens up on retirement. Fernando Alonso is invigorated two years on from quitting F1 and admits there's still a "charm" to the sport.
Fernando Alonso has dropped a big clue a return to F1 still appeals to him by opening up on the exhilaration of racing at the pinnacle of motorsport. Alonso is best known for his two World Drivers' Championship triumphs at Renault in the back-to-back seasons of 2005 and 2006.
The Spaniard went close to securing the title on three occasions during his spell at Ferrari but was unable to add to his crowns. Alonso walked away from F1 in 2018 following a disappointing second stint with McLaren, with whom he has since attempted to complete the Triple Crown set. The 38-year-old needs to win the Indianapolis 500 to become only the second man in motorsport history to achieve the sensational feat. Alonso has tried his hand at racing in alternative series too - but he has now admitted F1 still has a "charm" which cannot be matched.
"In the Dakar [Rally the pulse rate] is less due to the demands of the car, there are not as many G forces to stress the body," Alonso said, during an appearance on Instagram LIVE.
"In F1, it depends on the circuit, but the average pulse is 140. At the start or at the entrance to the pits, it goes up to 165-170, it is stress, adrenaline.
"It is much more physical than it seems. They are great efforts. They are maintained for several seconds, with G forces in the curves. It repeats with each braking.
"Then there is the [cockpit], which is around 55 or 60 degrees. It's like working out in a sauna. It's part of the charm of F1."
Alonso's 2018 retirement came off the back of spending 16 seasons lining up on the F1 grid alongside some of motorsport's biggest names. He is glad to have called it a day back then, but is invigorated for any more challenges which come his way in the future. "10 years from now?" said Alonso. "I have no idea. I also ask myself that question, more these days. It makes you rethink a lot.
"In the short term, I can be clear; medium, a little more diffuse and long, I can't see myself. I want to see how everything happens.
"Also because when I was 15 I thought things that did not come true when I was 20. Nor when I was 25 which I thought at 20.
"In 2018, when I left F1, I needed that little step back after 18 years of traveling around the world without stopping, with the pressure of being an athlete 365 days a year.
"These two years have come in handy for me to get some air. I have renewed energy, as if I was 23 years old and that encourages me for future projects."
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