While Fernando Alonso’s long-term contract with Ferrari means he won’t be heading to the F1 retirement village anytime soon, the Spaniard is already plotting his next career move once he hangs up his helmet: he’d like to try his hand at racing circuit design!
The Ferrari driver – a recent but masterful user of Twitter – held a Q&A session with fans over the last weekend, posting his favourite questions and answers on Ferrari’s official website.
““Many of you ask about the future, what I’d like to do when I stop racing, or if I will set up my own team,” he wrote.
“Why not? It would be a nice adventure,” he continued.
“But if Bernie would allow it, I would like to design a real race track, like the kart circuit I designed at Oviedo which is due to open soon.”
I wonder what kind of circuit Fernando would design? Perhaps he’ll take the wrecking ball to the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi, which he known not to like?
The two-time World Champion and current points leader also paid tribute to his native fans, particularly in the wake of the patriotic response he enjoyed when he claimed a surprise win last time out at Valencia.
"As I stepped off the podium I felt overwhelmed,” he said.
“Almost everyone in the grandstands in Valencia was wearing red, with the flags of Spain, Asturias and Ferrari.
"The great joy at winning a Grand Prix in such a tough season came along with the added emotion of doing it in front of a Spanish crowd. Times are tough right now in Spain: many of you who where there to cheer me on and give me your supported have had to make big economic sacrifices."