Cape Town – Fernando Alonso believes the “whole world” is not impressed with today’s Formula 1 and wants a return to different fuel loads, tyre wars and better racing.
The double World Champion will bid farewell to Formula 1 at the end of this season, although his 2019 plans have yet to be revealed.
With two World titles, 32 race wins and 97 podiums to his name, Alonso is one of the more successful drivers to have raced in the sport.
He, however, is over it.
The Spaniard believes Formula 1 has lost its way over the past decade as the absence of a tyre war and refuelling as well as the introduction of turbocharged V6 engines have ruined the sport.
“You need to make the sport interesting again,” said Alonso.
“I posted a video of 2005 and I received 3000 comments of ‘this is the Formula 1 I fell in love with and not the thing you have now’, so it’s not me being critical of this Formula 1, it’s the whole world.
“One of the top six cars can start last in every race and will finish in the top six and lap the seventh with whatever guy you put in those cars,” he said.
“We miss the noise of the V10, the V8, we miss the creativity on the strategy, the different fuel loads, the tyre competition, so you go into Sunday with some unpredictable feeling of what is going to happen.”
The Spaniard is, however, determined to enjoy his final four grands prix in Formula 1.
“Every race now, from the moment I decided to stop, is just a celebration,” said Alonso.
“I can’t wait to go to Austin now and see the place again, drive around in the cars.
“Maybe we’re not the fastest when you see the times at the end of the session, but every lap feels fantastic,” he said.
“It’s not that I don’t love F1 anymore, I still love these cars, but if I stop now it’s because I’m 37-years-old and achieved all my dreams in F1.”