Fernando Alonso says returning to Formula 1 in 2021 is a possibility if new rules result in closer racing
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Fernando Alonso is contemplating a return to Formula 1 in 2021, when proposed regulations would kick in to make the sport more competitive.
The two-time world champion said that he was keeping a watchful eye on the progress of the new rules and admitted if changes were positive, a comeback would be a serious consideration.
Speaking as he confirmed his entry into next January’s Dakar Rally, the Spaniard said that he could be tempted back by close racing between teams.
He’s also planning a third attempt to win the Indy 500 and claim motor racing’s unofficial triple crown of victories in the Monaco Grand Prix, Le Mans 24 Hours and the Indianapolis race.
“I think after Dakar I want to prepare Indy 500 again with a good preparation and 2021 let’s see,” Alonso explained.
“I think Formula 1 with the new regulations is something I need to look very carefully at. We will see when the regulations are confirmed. Because they’re still 50/50.
“When they’re confirmed and I see Formula 1 become a little bit more interesting and mixed without one team dominating as is now, then it could be a potential possibility to come back for sure.”
F1’s proposed 2021 rules should reduce aero turbulence for following cars
The final version of the 2021 rules is due to be published at the end of this month. They have been drawn up by F1 and the FIA with the aim of preventing teams from spending their way to dominance.
Cost caps, design restrictions and common components are among the proposals, along with increased ground effect, which would enable cars to follow more closely, and increase the ability to overtake.
However, teams have been at loggerheads, with Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari opposed to parts of the plan, and it’s not yet clear whether the rules will be approved.
Alonso insisted that any comeback would depend on the valley of performance deficits being closed up between the top teams and tail-enders.
“I think they need to balance the teams. They need to balance the costs. They need to make more fair to everyone.
“They need to do more common parts for the teams. So, if you do that then the teams will be more together and closer together.”
The Spaniard left Formula 1 with two World Championships, but the knowledge he could well have won more without years of ill fortune.
A dismal period with McLaren during the team’s Honda reunion from 2015 to 2017 left an uncompetitive stain on what was a dazzling F1 career.