Formula One has evolved over the year and have seen several new faces in recent history, plying their trade in different teams.
But, one thing has remained constant in the last four seasons.
The absence of Fernando Alonso at the top of the podium, as well as challenging for a world title.
The Spanish ace took the world by storm, driving for Renault and won back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2006, thereby confirming the emergence of a new star in top-flight racing.
However, everything did not go according to plan henceforth, and despite competing for teams like McLaren and Ferrari, Alonso has failed to maintain the dominance he had over a decade ago.
Currently, without a win for over four campaigns, the last coming at the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix, the former champion is yet to make a decision on his future beyond the current season.
Speaking in Japan last weekend, reigning world champion Nico Rosberg gave his views on Alonso’s fate over the last few years.
He said: “It was not bad luck. It's not bad luck when you choose the wrong teams to be at, because that's all part of being a top driver.
“You can be the best driver in the world, but you won't win in a bad car."
Meanwhile, the Spaniard has finally responded to those claims and has tried to defend his decisions to move Ferrari and McLaren.
The 36-year-old insisted: “I don't regret any of the decisions I took.
“I've often said it: every time, I chose the best option, the most logical one. Unfortunately, I also don't have a crystal ball.”
He argued that moving to those teams was the best possible option for him at the time and the two-time world champion related his situation to other cases where big-name drivers have struggled after leaving the team where they were previously successful.
“What has happened to me is similar to what happened to Michael Schumacher at Mercedes, where things didn't go too well,” Alonso added.
“Or even Lewis Hamilton, who didn't have a very good first year at Mercedes.
“I'm proud to have driven for Renault, McLaren and Ferrari. When I joined those teams, nobody criticized my choice or told me it was a bad decision.
“In hindsight, it's different but I'm proud of where I've been.”
Should Alonso opt against extending his McLaren deal, Le Mans or the IndyCar series have both interested the Spaniard.
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