Formula 1

Fernando Alonso: “I feel fresh, motivated and ready to attack”

1 Mins read
Fernando Alonso - McLaren F1 Team - Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Fernando Alonso says he is happy and content with his decision to not race in Formula 1 in 2019 but he is not going to stop fighting throughout the remainder of the current campaign, starting this weekend at Spa-Francorchamps for the Belgian Grand Prix.

The McLaren F1 Team racer heads to Belgium after scoring eighth place finishes in three of the four races before the summer break, although he will have to wait until the second practice session on Friday afternoon to get in the MCL33 as test driver Lando Norris gets his maiden opportunity to run in the morning session.

“Even though Formula 1 has been on its summer shutdown, it feels like a lot has happened since Hungary!” said Alonso.  “I’m pleased to finally confirm my decision for 2019, but that doesn’t in any way deter from what me or the team will be focusing on for the rest of the year. 

“We still have a lot of work to do and I’m really looking forward to being back in the car from FP2. Although I’ve raced more recently that anyone else on the grid, at Silverstone in WEC last weekend, I still can’t wait to get behind the wheel at Spa.

“It’s one of the best circuits on the calendar and usually a lot of fun.”

Alonso admits he is expecting a tough weekend for McLaren thanks to the amount of time spent on full throttle around Spa-Francorchamps, but even after his FIA World Endurance Championship experience with Toyota Gazoo Racing last weekend, he is feeling refreshed and ready to get the second half of the season underway.

“Spa is the longest track we race on and a lot of it is at full throttle, so it will be a challenging weekend for us,” said Alonso.  “But, I feel fresh, motivated and ready to attack the weekend and the second half of the season.”

13769 posts

About author
Long time motorsport fanatic, covering Formula 1 and the occassional other series. Feel free to give him a follow on Twitter at @Paul11MSport.
Related posts
Formula 1

Ricciardo Fumes After Strategy Call Costs Him Points in Hungary

1 Mins read
Ricciardo called out his team after his Hungarian GP went from promising to disastrous after a questionable strategy call. Despite strong pace and qualifying well, a poorly timed pitstop left him stuck in traffic and unable to challenge for points.
Formula 1

Piastri Delighted After Claiming Maiden Win in Hungary

2 Mins read
Piastri claims his first ever F1 victory in a thrilling Hungarian GP, leading a dominant 1-2 result for McLaren.
Formula 1

2024 Hungarian Grand Prix: Norris On Pole After Wet-to-Dry Dramatic Session

4 Mins read
Lando Norris snatches dramatic pole in Hungary! McLaren lock out front row as rain shakes up qualifying session. Verstappen starts P3, Hamilton P6. Read more with our qualifying report!