There have been rumours about Alonso’s leaving Ferrari—the team he has been part of since 2010, and now the former outgoing president Luca Di Montezemolo provided the confirmation that E1 Nano would be heading for the exit on Italian television.
“Fernando is leaving for two reasons,” Di Montezemolo told RAI 1TV. “One, he wants another environment. Two, because he is an age when he cannot wait to win.”
It is true that Alonso has been greatly frustrated in his five years’ rocky marriage with Ferrari—not to have a car capable of winning the world title. Although he came very much close in 2010 and 2012, he lost the position at last. Just imagine what he had accompished before he joined Ferrari, we would all know Fernando’s unspoken pain at heart. While the 33-year-old racing car driver is getting older and older, the legend he made in 2005 and 2006 seems to be gone farther and farther.
Di Montezemolo also mentioned: “Alonso was disappointed that he has not won over these last years and wanted new stimulus. Racing drivers sometimes need new motivations, new environments, new stimulus. The case of Michael Schumacher, who had been with us for so many years is rather unique.”
A new stimulus or motivation or whatever is truly in need for Alonso right now. But what the stimulus is? This year, in order to be more environmental-friendly, the F1 championship saw an introduction of a revised engine formula, in which the 2.4 litre V8 engine configuration—previously been used between 2006 and 2013, has been replaced with a new formula specifying a 1.6 litre turbocharged V6 engine that incorporates an energy recovery system into its build, which means in the next few years, it will still be a hard time for Ferrari—the V8 engine expert to win. However, the Alonso’s widely rumoured future—Mclaren, is starting a new partnership with Honda next season, with Honda becoming its engine supplier again. Honda has a long history in Formular One Grand Prix racing, and in only their second year of competition, it reached the coveted top step of podium with Ginther’s win in the RA272 at the 1965 Mexican Grand Prix and more importantly, it is also a qualified provider for turbocharged engines. Besides, its partnership with Mclaren from 1988 to 1992 was also legendary, winning eight world championships and 44 races, as well as claiming 53 pole positions, so that this Mclaren-Honda relationship—which once dominated F1 so completely has a lot to look forward to. With this very stimulus, Alonso might get his long-wished winning car and rewrite his personal history.