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Self-asserting Alonso: 'I'm one of the best to have raced in F1'

13 June 2018

Rumors of intrigue including McLaren's flirtation with IndyCar have been hot, and after a recent statement from team chief Zak Brown, the move is seeming even more likely.

"As he's mentioned I think he's a little frustrated with Formula One being I think as he said becoming more of a constructors' championship than a drivers' championship".

Last year, Alonso was headed for a Top 10 finish before running into engine problems in the 66th lap.

Alonso will contest the Le Mans 24 Hours race next weekend as he bids to emulate Graham Hill's "Triple Crown" - which also includes the Monaco Grand Prix (a race Alonso has won twice) and the Indianapolis 500 (where Alonso excelled on his debut past year, before a late engine blow-up cost him dearly).

However, Alonso also laments the many missed opportunities that are also a part of his glorious 18-year story in F1. Last season's dismal run with Honda power coupled to the current frustrations have left Alonso discouraged, disenchanted, and-if you believe his words-defeated.

"You can play basketball and have a magic night and score 40 points and win the game".

"There are favourites for the World Cup, but you can't guarantee Germany, Spain or Brazil will win, but here everyone can guarantee that Mercedes or Ferrari will win the race, and this is very sad for the sport".

"Probably it will never change, really", he said. He still has the expectations of a winning driver despite the painful statistical proof that McLaren continues to struggle to put a championship auto beneath him.

And Buemi, Alonso's teammate at Toyota, said: "He seems to be quite interested (in Formula E)".

Regardless of what series Fernando chooses to race in, Brown and the rest of McLaren want to make sure that he does it behind the wheel of one of their cars.

Alonso's growing pessimism around his profesional situation and that of F1 in general has not completely soured his outlook on the future.

"The Triple Crown is an attractive target because it is so hard to achieve". In a mandatory practice session a week ago, Alonso set the quickest time by lapping 0.6 seconds faster than the competition. So one question was on the lips of every Alonso fan in Canada Sunday: Will they see the Spaniard race in Formula 1 around Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve again?

"We knew this could be a hard circuit for us, but yesterday we felt competitive, the vehicle was feeling good and we were fast", said Alonso.

Brown said he is hopeful that Alonso will commit to the project for 2019, though. If you have a good day you are P1 and if you have a bad day or a mistake you are P4. He has also covered Formula 1, NASCAR, Formula E, the Indy Lights Series and its predecessor Indy Pro Series, NHRA events and major auto shows.

Self-asserting Alonso: 'I'm one of the best to have raced in F1'