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Fernando Alonso still doesn't regret leaving Ferrari F1 team

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Fernando Alonso said he is tired of being asked if he regrets leaving Ferrari.

While Alonso struggles with McLaren-Honda — no podiums over the past two-plus years with the team — and tries to keep his racing spirit alive by doing the Indianapolis 500 next month, his successor, Sebastian Vettel, is leading the championship for Ferrari.

“I think if Ferrari wins 20 years in a row or if I’m 75 years old, I will still be asked this question,” Alonso said at Sochi. “My contract with Ferrari would have ended in 2016 anyway. But yes, I would like to be more competitive now, but I still think I made a good decision.

“There was a lot of pressure when Ferrari didn’t win the title in the first, second and third years, and that was fine, but it would not have been in the seventh year,” Alonso added. “So despite the results, my life was better in the last two years. I have seen magazines saying my talent is wasted, but I am very happy with my career. Let’s see what the future brings, but I’m happy with what I have done.”

And despite a horrific start to 2017, there could now be light at the end of the McLaren-Honda tunnel.

At the post-Bahrain test, Honda’s power unit suddenly appeared reliable, and Alonso said those improvements will now be raced in Russia.

“It is not going to be radically different here,” Alonso said. “But we have some improvements in reliability for the engine and also in terms of aerodynamic performance.

“Hopefully this weekend is the point in the championship where we start to put things together.”


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