Fernando Alonso nonetheless needs one other “two or three years” on the Method 1 grid, the Spaniard saying he’s “having fun with” every thing concerning the sport.
Again in 2018, disillusioned with Method 1 and its lack of competitors, Alonso introduced he was quitting the game.
However after two years in endurance racing, whereas additionally making an attempt his hand on the Dakar Rally in addition to the Indy 500, he was again on the Method 1 grid final season, utilizing that 12 months to organize for this season and its all-new vehicles.
When the Spaniard re-signed with Renault, now generally known as Alpine, he put pen to paper on a multi-year deal.
This 12 months’s championship marks 12 months two, with the double former World Champion eager on extending for one more two and even three years.
He informed DAZN: “I nonetheless have so much to supply.
“Proper now, I’m having fun with Method 1 so much. I take pleasure in racing, I’m having fun with all of the issues as a result of Method 1 isn’t solely the exercise on the observe, you will have a whole lot of actions off the observe and I additionally take pleasure in them.
“So I feel a minimum of two or three years I hope you see me round right here.”
Racing new ground-effect aerodynamic vehicles this season, Alonso says the temper is buoyed on the Enstone group as they consider the brand new laws have opened the door for a shake-up within the order.
Alpine have scored factors in each of this 12 months’s races, a double factors haul in Bahrain whereas Esteban Ocon was P6 in Saudi Arabia the place an engine situation put Alonso out of the grand prix.
“There may be nonetheless so much to do,” he mentioned. “I feel the mentality modified so much final 12 months.
“Renault had been struggling within the midfield for the previous couple of years and we predict it’s time to change this and dream massive.
“Alpine have come to F1, we have now good leaders now with Laurent Rossi, with Luca de Meo as president. We share the identical targets, the identical targets, by way of lengthy and medium time period.
“I feel that change of mentality and the way every one of many group is hungry for fulfillment makes me very completely satisfied.”
Alonso’s thrill within the warmth of battle was on show on the Saudi Arabian GP the place the Spaniard and his team-mate raced wheel-to-wheel for a number of laps.
Alonso got here out on prime and would have overwhelmed Ocon have been it not for his DNF.
“In fact, it’s essential to give further margin however every thing was effective,” mentioned Alonso.
“We battled in Bahrain already within the first stint, though we had a distinct technique there.
“Right here we had the identical technique, however for no matter cause my automotive felt quicker this weekend in qualifying and the race so I may overtake and draw back slightly bit.”
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