Alonso looks back on McLaren periods: “I had other things on my mind”


Fernando Alonso has opened up about his two periods with the McLaren team. The Spaniard indicates that he has never grown tired of the vicissitudes surrounding the team, even though everyone thought so.

In 2007 Alonso had one of his most talked about years in Formula 1. After his two world championships for Renault, the Spaniard had a hard time at the McLaren team, where a conflict arose within the team. According to the Spaniard, people were mainly on the basis of the then young talent Lewis Hamilton from Great Britain. Despite the team’s fast car, it was Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen who took the title in the end.


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Nevertheless, his first period with the British stable was not unpleasant for the Spaniard. “I think my fight with Hamilton in a British team and in a British environment sent the wrong message. Then from 2007 everyone was amazed at how good I felt and how happy I was. It didn’t matter much. I am now happy and I don’t think I’ve been happy in the last few seasons,” noted from the Alpine driver’s mouth.

Second period

He returned to McLaren in 2015, but again it was unsuccessful. The two-time world champion did not get a good car and decided to seek his salvation outside of Formula 1. Yet he remained happy. “I had other things on my mind, so I decided to retire from Formula 1. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed it and had a fantastic season in 2018. We had a lot of fun. Even when I stopped, there were still plenty I’m a happy person, although not everyone sees it that way,” concludes the Spaniard.

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