Alonso wants to make a return to F1 next year after a decade away, despite the introduction of the turbo-charged V6 engine that has led to the end of his career.
“I’d like to be back in F1 for 2017,” said Alonso.
“There are a lot of things that I want now. “
I’m not saying that I won’t do anything else in 2017. “
There are a lot of things that I want now.
I’m not saying that I won’t do anything else in 2017.
But I hope I’ll have more time to think about what to do.”
Alonso, who retired from F1 in 2016 after 14 years, has been a vocal critic of Ferrari and its CEO Maurizio Arrivabene for the lack of changes to its driver line-up.
“They are not interested in the driver and the team and the driver, the team,” he said.
“When I look at the drivers who have been there for 13 or 14 years it’s difficult to see the way forward.”
Alonso’s future has also been in doubt since last year’s Brazilian Grand Prix, when the driver was forced to retire at the end because of a back injury.
The Spaniard admitted that the crash had been difficult for him, and said it would be difficult for any driver to recover from such an injury.
“That was a tough moment,” he told reporters.
I had my back to the wall, I knew what to expect, I was prepared and it went very well.” “
But I was very happy with the way I did the race.
I had my back to the wall, I knew what to expect, I was prepared and it went very well.”
Alonso said he was confident the Spaniard would be back at Ferrari in time for next year’s season.
“Hopefully in 2018, we will see him back in the Ferrari team again,” he added.
“He is a very special driver.
We hope he will return in the future.”
Alonso also expressed his disappointment that he did not score a podium finish in Brazil, saying he had been “overwhelmed” by the race and that the experience of being on the podium had been a “huge” boost to him.
“For sure, I had the feeling that I scored a podium but I was overwhelmed by the event and the way the race unfolded,” he explained.
“The feeling of having a podium is one of the biggest feelings in Formula 1.”