Former world champion, Fernando Alonso, is considering leaving F1 in favour of a driver in endurance racing, according to a recent interview.
The Spanish driver, who achieved a 5th place finish in last weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix has endured a difficult season in 2015, spending much of his time at the back of the grid of having suffered from technical failures.
While he has acknowledge that the challenge of developing the McLaren Honda presents new opportunities for him, he confirmed in an interview with Autosport that the limitations of the ‘pinnacle of motorsport’ may lead to a career change in the near future.
“I love motorsport, all the categories. But it’s true Formula 1 is not exactly the same or as exciting as it was in the past, for me, to drive the cars just two or three seconds faster than a GP2 car.”
“I’m enjoying this process of starting from zero and getting competitive. But with no testing, with these tires, with these limitations, with the [21-race] calendar for next year, there is the temptation for other categories.”
It is widely expected that Alonso would head to Le Mans Prototypes should he leave F1, having been in protracted talks with Porsche over a driver for this year until he signed for McLaren. The path to Le Mans racing is becoming well-trodden for F1 drivers, with the likes of Mark Webber and Nico Hülkenberg amongst the star attractions of the 2015 event.
A poll by Autoblog found that 47% of 241 respondents felt Alonso should make the move to endurance racing.