[F1 2019 VIDEO FEATURE] FERNANDO ALONSO: 2021 RETURN?

McLaren ambassador Fernando Alonso remains on the sidelines, having stepped back from the sport at the end of 2018.

The two-time F1 World Champion seeking challenges anew, on the back of frustration in not having a winning car.

Motor sport’s unofficial triple crown his key focus, following two Le Mans wins for Toyota and the World Endurance Championship.

But while the Indy 500 leg will have to wait, despite two attempts, Alonso failing to qualify with McLaren at the Brickyard this year - the Spaniard is rolling on with preparations for 2020’s Dakar.

And he’s also looking ahead to F1’s brave new world starting from 2021, with Alonso allegedly pushing Ferrari’s team principal Mattia Binotto hard for a Scuderia return. 2014 his final year with the Prancing Horse… 

…a winning car his only focus, which he passionately spoke about on his Indy 500 debut with McLaren.

SOUNDBITE (English) FERNANDO ALONSO,

2-TIME F1 WORLD CHAMPION:

“I won two world championships. To drive around Monaco for a seventh place, a sixth place, even a fifth place. To be here is not possible to compare that thing, you know.”

Alonso could be back sooner than 2021 - perhaps even this season - with his Scuderia successor Sebastian Vettel just one major race incident away from an automatic one-race ban

… three license points the difference between Vettel in and out, and his confidence still fragile after his Ascari spin at Monza.

Of course - Ferrari could also choose either Pascal Wehrlein or Brendan Hartley, two of its four reserve drivers who have F1 experience. 

But Alonso would be a sensational selection - bringing that determination and fire to both the grid - and Leclerc.

It’s a mouthwatering proposition, with the Hall of Famer big box office.

SOUNDBITE (English) FERNANDO ALONSO,

2-TIME F1 WORLD CHAMPION:

“It's been a fantastic night, [I’m] very honoured to be here with these great [F1 World] champions all of them. They inspired me to become a Formula One driver.”

And Alonso could yet inspire again, whether in the near or distant future.