Fernando Alonso to Quit Over New Engine Regulations

Adam PooleAnalyst IDecember 2, 2008

Former World Champion, Fernando Alonso, has declared that he could walk away from Formula 1 if plans to introduce standard engines go ahead.

The standardisation of Engines has been a major talking point in F1 this year, so we won't dwell on this any more as I have read countless articles about it—and to be honest, it's boring the living hell out of me now—I will reserve judgement on the move until I see it in action.

This, however, isn't the view of Renault's Fernando Alonso.  The Spaniard has told the media that is F1's governing body, the FIA, press ahead with the proposals that he will hang up his helmet.  Speaking to reporters at a UNICEF charity event, Alonso said that he was appalled by the prospect and that the standard engine rule would drive him away from the sport that he has dedicated his professional life too.

Reuters quoted Alonso as saying, "If they approved that, it would be the last straw. It would be time to think about retirement."

However, it isn't just the standardisation rule that is bugging Alonso-he has said that it is the whole host of recent rule changes that is getting to him.  He feels that the FIA are seriously restricting the potential of an F1 car and is holding the sport back.

"In 2005 we had a V10 engine with 1,000 horsepower," he said.  "That was what was exciting for the driver, motor racing at the limit.  We have gone from the futuristic to cars without grip or electronic aids which look like something from the past."

Now, Alonso is probably my least favourite driver on the grid at the moment, and this is not because of his racing ability, he is a fantastic driver, it is simply because of his attitude to the sport and his egotistical manner to the media.  I do have to say though, that I back him fully on what he has been quoted as saying.

I feel the sport got to a peak, in performance at least, around 2005/2006 season and has since had restrictions implemented on it.  F1 is a motor-sport, it is supposed to be the fastest track sport in the World, Bernie Ecclestone and his cronies are now turning it into a sport that is won in the FIA headquarters and putting stupid and pathetic new rules and regulations into a sport that doesn't need them.

The sport will die a death with the current governing body.  Call me a "fake fan" or a "part-time fan" or whatever you like, but I can honestly see me not even switching the television set on should things continue down the road in which they are going.

We need someone in-charge that can run the sport the way the fans want to see it, the sport has become more technical throughout the years-this was always going to happen, but it has become more boring over the last three to four years also-and this needs to stop.

Where is the sport that I used to love?  Where is the sport which was won on the track?  Where is the sport that required technical foresight and precise pit-stops?  I'll tell you where it is.  It's in the past, and whilst Max Mosley and Bernie Ecclestone call the shots, this is exactly where it will stay.

Sorry about the news bite at the start—this was required to give the story basis.


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