Alonso says 'very poor' F1 spectacle prompted decision to quit

Fernando Alonso

If double Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso moves to IndyCar next year it would be fantastic for the sport, two of the United States circuit's top drivers said on Friday.

Following nearly two decades in the sport, Alonso will be finally leaving McLaren at the end of the year to pursue other racing opportunities outside of Formula 1. Every driver in the world would love to be in a winning auto in Formula One.

"I've been a McLaren fan for as long as I can remember", he added.

Fernando Alonso divulges what prompted his decision to turn his back on the sport at the end of this year.

That victory raised speculation of a return to the Indy 500 - the final win he needs to complete the Triple Crown - and rumours of a jump to IndyCar next season are mounting.

During a TV interview following the race Alonso told reporters what he experienced: "Ralf was in front of me, he moved to the right in the tunnel and then when we were side by side he wont on the throttle again, until he pushed me onto the outside into the barrier".

"In fact, what we talk about more in Formula One is off track".

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"I think the door open is more because I think I am driving at the best level of my career now", he explained.

"When I was in 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2011, I was not winning [many] races in those years".

The Spaniard made his Indy 500 debut previous year, leading the race for 27 laps and was running seventh with 21 laps remaining when his engine failed. He finished a respectable 24th in the race and was leading the race for 27 laps before he was hindered by engine failure later in the race.

Reflecting on his life after retirement, the 37-year-old said that he is looking forward to enjoy his personal space and fulfil his dreams.

"Most of my announcement went to sadness, or a sad moment of frustration over the last couple of years for the lack of results".

The Briton, who retired from F1 after the 2016 season whilst Alonso's team-mate, also believes Alonso will "definitely" return to F1 should McLaren rediscover its form. "He's obviously racing in WEC".

Stream every F1 race live on the FOX+ app and catch up on highlights of any action you've missed. "I thought I could stop, but I can't".

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