Fernando Alonso has set his sights on a return to the pinnacle of motorsport, with the two-time world champion focused on Ferrari, Mercedes and Alpine as he seeks a competitive opportunity in Formula 1.
The Spaniard, 39, has been linked with a return to F1 for some time, having been absent for two years, and the recent announcement of his part-ownership of the Alpine team has speculated to a possible return to the cockpit. Though Alonso has yet to make any official announcement, the indications point towards the veteran driver making a return to the sport.
When asked about the possibility of a move to Red Bull, Alonso replied that the Milton Keynes outfit was “in another league”, citing the team’s current level of success as a significant disadvantage.
He continued to suggest that Ferrari, Mercedes and Alpine were the teams he was considering, noting that the other two were “in a very good position”, while adding that he “wouldn’t mind” the challenge of driving a Ferrari.
Alonso has been vocal in his admiration for the Ferrari team, having won two titles with them in 2005 and 2006, and regularly professed his love for the iconic marque.
The Spaniard is also known to be a close friend of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, who is expected to remain with the Prancing Horse next season, and speculation is rife that a move to the Scuderia could be on the cards.
Mercedes have also been linked with a move for Alonso, and the former champion has praised the team’s level of commitment and dedication. However, the German manufacturer is yet to make a move for the Spaniard, and is believed to be focusing on retaining Valtteri Bottas for 2021.
Alpine, formerly known as Renault, are considered to be the most likely destination for Alonso, with the team having already confirmed the Spaniard’s role as part-owner. Though it is unclear if the 39-year-old will make a racing return, the team are said to be interested in a potential drive from Alonso, given his vast experience and success in the sport.
Fernando Alonso has cast his gaze upon the summit of motorsport, with the two-time world champion concentrating his attention upon Ferrari, Mercedes and Alpine as Red Bull remain ‘in another league’. Although the 39-year-old has yet to make any definitive statements, the indications suggest that he could be set for a return to the sport, with Alpine – with whom he recently became part-owner – the most likely destination. Alonso has long been vocal in his admiration for Ferrari, and is a close friend of their driver Charles Leclerc, though Mercedes’ commitment and dedication has also earned the Spaniard’s praise. The ultimate decision remains with Alonso, who will be looking to make a return to the pinnacle of motorsport with a competitive opportunity.