Although Fernando Alonso retired last year, he will be keeping a close eye on the action on the Formula 1 tracks from a distance.
As expected, his primary attention will be on the progress in McLaren’s work and its two new drivers Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris. He admitted he will be following two other drivers very closely this season.
Speaking with Corriere della Sera, he said: “I will follow Robert Kubica,”
“His story is unbelievable. Up until a few months ago, Robert seemed to have lost all possibility. He has nothing to lose and I won’t miss any of his moves.”
And he will also have his eye on the new talent at his former team, Ferrari, Charles Leclerc.
“Then there’s Leclerc at Ferrari. He’s young, intelligent, and talented,”
Adding a few words of wisdom, Alonso said Leclerc should focus completely on scoring points in every race.
“He should use his talent and character, learn to score points to help the team, and know that the world championship is won between July and September.”
The two-time world champion was happy with technical director Mattia Binotto’s recent promotion as team boss.
“I think it’s a good thing,” said the 37-year-old.
“Mattia has demonstrated his leadership skills, he is in charge of technical management. He will do everything to make Ferrari even stronger.”
When asked what he plans to do next, Alonso said he is keeping an open mind.
“I always said it was ‘hasta luego’, a goodbye,” he said.
“Now I have new challenges to deal with, and the right tools to win, which I didn’t have in F1.
“I have no plans for 2020. Of course, winning a third title would be a great joy.”