As he prepares for his final race in Formula 1, Fernando Alonso has confessed that he finds the sport too predictable, and a shadow of what it was when he joined Minardi back in 2001.
The double champion was quoted as saying, “what happens now is not the Formula 1 that made me want to be a racing driver."
Alonso claims he “could write down the first 15 positions for the result of the next race, perhaps with a few changes of places.”
It’s a point some F1 fans will have sympathy with; Lewis Hamilton has won 10 of the 20 races so far this season, and the only time a driver has been able to break into the top-six positions is when one of the Mercedes, Ferrari or Red Bull cars have had to retire.
The only time that someone outside of the top-six finished on the podium was when Sergio Perez finished third in Azerbaijan, during which both Red Bull’s and Bottas were unable to complete the race.
Alonso went on to explain that this was the driving factor behind his decision to complete elsewhere.
“What happens now is not the Formula 1 that made me want to be a racing driver,” Alonso told Speed Week.
“I quit F1 because I think we’re a weak show. We talk more about what happens next to the track. We talk about polemics and radio messages.
“I could write down the first 15 positions for the result of the next race, perhaps with a few changes of places. I find it hard to accept how predictable it has become.
“I suppose I find more pleasure in other racing series.”
Alonso has made his objective of completing the triple-crown — Monaco, Le Mans and Indy 500 — public after competing in last year’s edition of the Indy 500, and led for 27 laps before his Honda engine failed.
Alonso has been driving in uncompetitive machinery for some time now, and unfortunately for the Spaniard, his time at Ferrari coincided with a dip in form for the constructor.
While he did manage to challenge for the Drivers' Championship, most notably in 2012, the Scuderia had confessed this was more down to the driver than car, and that the team were lucky to have a man of his talent.
This was followed by a famously barren spell at McLaren, which continues till today.
Widely regarded one of the best drivers of his generation, Alonso never managed to add to the two titles he won with Renault in 2005 and 2006.
Alonso will race in F1 for the final time during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday, November 25.