Sports Briatore: Alonso would be "100 percent" ready for Formula 1 comeback

12:55  10 april  2020
12:55  10 april  2020 Source:   formel1.de

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Fernando Alonso left Formula 1 about a year and a half ago. The two-time world champion drove his last race in the premier class at the end of November 2018. However, he never officially resigned, he always left the door open for a comeback. Flavio Briatore believes that his long-time protege has what it takes to attack at the top again.

"100 percent! He is a Rottweiler", Briatore explains in the podcast 'Beyond the Grid' when asked if Alonso would be competitive in the event of a possible comeback. "Fernando was very unhappy in his last year in Formula 1," reveals Briatore and adds: "Now he's happy. He enjoys racing. When I talk to him, he's always happy and laughs."

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"In his last years in Formula 1, the car and engine weren't competitive. He didn't want to wait, and McLaren wasn't exactly the best organization in the world," Briatore criticizes Alonso's former employer. After retiring from Formula 1, the Spaniard successfully participated in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and also participated in the Dakar Rally.

Briatore wouldn't mind seeing Alonso again in the premier class. "I would like to see Fernando in a team in which he can win at least 50 percent of the races," said the Italian, who also knows: "There are not so many [options]. Mercedes, Ferrari or Red Bull." And it seems unlikely that Alonso will be in one of the three teams in 2021.

The two-time champion himself has also stated on several occasions that he would only be interested in a comeback if he could be competitive. And because the new regulations were postponed from 2021 to 2022 in the wake of the corona crisis, nothing should change in the coming year that there are currently a maximum of three winning teams in Formula 1.

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