Double world champion Alonso left F1 at the end of 2018 after a difficult four-year spell with McLaren failing to secure a single podium.
The Spaniard has announced his intention to complete the Triple Crown of motorsport, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice with Toyota and competing in the Indianapolis 500 in 2020.
He also took part in the Dakar Rally and the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, winning the latter in 2019.
But Alonso made his return to F1 with Alpine for this season after signing a two-year contract, and recently revealed he is enjoying his return more than he expected.
When asked what he attributed this to, Alonso explained that he felt like he was running out of time to try other challenges after spending so long focusing only on F1.
“Two things play a big role in this”, Alonso mentionned.
“One was that I think the two years out of sport was necessary for me after 18 seasons in Formula 1 non-stop, with total dedication. It was too demanding at one point.
Fernando Alonso, McLaren MCL33 leads Lance Stroll, Williams FW41 and Kevin Magnussen, Haas F1 Team VF-18
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“I had other challenges in mind with Le Mans, with Daytona, with the possibility of the World Endurance Championship etc, I had to do them in a certain way and tick those boxes to be happy, and to be free to come back and enjoy.
“Until I didn’t do these challenges, I thought I was wasting time in F1, some of the last seasons before ’18. So, once those challenges are over, I’m now more free to enjoy every weekend. end here. “
Alonso explained that the second factor contributing to his enjoyment was how well he had integrated into the Alpine team. This is his third stint with the Enstone-based operation, after driving for Renault in 2003-2006 and 2008-2009.
“The second is the team, I think the team is amazing”, Alonso mentionned.
“You know what atmosphere we have now, what motivation we have in the team at Enstone, at Viry – the hard work that everyone puts in, how we approach each weekend, how we approach the little success that we have some weekends, and how we approach the bad times in certain other weekends.
“We are all united in the same direction, and it feels good every week.”