Fernando Alonso reveals the secret behind his enduring F1 career. The athlete had to make sacrifices during his impressive years in Formula 1, and he reflects on how he thought his life would be somewhat different at this point.
Alonso made his F1 debut in 2001, making him the longest-serving driver on the current grid. When asked what continues to motivate him after all these years, Alonso explains that his break from the F1 sport in 2019 and 2020 helped him rediscover his motivation. “I am a highly competitive person,” he states on the official Aston Martin website. “I like setting goals. Ultimately, I want to win, as we all do, but even if that seems unlikely, I set personal challenges: perhaps finishing in the top five is possible, maybe a podium finish. That’s enough motivation for me.”
Not only did Alonso have to rediscover the motivation to stay in Formula 1, but the Spanish driver admits that his motorsport career also demanded sacrifices from him. “You make sacrifices, and sometimes you’re aware of them as you make them, and sometimes you only realize it five years later. These could be things you’d like to do or spending time with family and friends whom you don’t see as often as you’d like.”
Alonso’s Formula 1 Challenge: Balancing Family and Career
Alonso acknowledges the challenge of balancing his Formula 1 career with the desire to start a family. “I am very family-oriented and enjoy spending time with my loved ones. At this stage of my life, I anticipated having a family and children, among other things. However, when I was 42, I still didn’t have children. Despite this, I find contentment in doing what I love and excelling in motorsport. Looking in the mirror each morning, I have no regrets about the sacrifices made for F1.”
The many years in Formula 1 have taught Alonso valuable lessons, especially regarding how to best utilize his time and energy. According to the Spaniard, this insight has contributed to his lengthy F1 career. “When you’re young, you make mistakes: you try to do everything, be everywhere, but you can’t do that and perform at your best, giving 100 percent when it’s time to drive the car. Now, I believe I manage it better than ever. I know what affects me, what drains my battery, and I strive to be as efficient as possible.”
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