Double-time world champion Fernando Alonso doubts he will make it onto the F1 podium this season following also enduring his worst points tally last year, but has no immediate plans to retire Formula 1.
Alonso is currently 13th in the driver standings with 24 points, 168 behind the championship leader Lewis Hamilton. The Spaniard last year earned only 11 points, although he has already surpassed that this year, Alonso is sceptical about his chances of getting a first podium appearance since 2014 and since rejoining McLaren.
“Under normal circumstances, we do not deserve the podium yet. Spaniard told Cadena Cope radio
“Hopefully we will improve for next year, but this is formula one and anything can happen.”
Despite another scorching season and a huge crash in the Australian GP in March, Alonso said he had no plans to retire.
“My future in Formula One will not depend on this car. Even in these last two difficult years, I’ve been enjoying myself a lot,” added Alonso, who won the world drivers’ championship in 2005 and 2006.
“If the cars are as fun as they were in the past, I’ll have no problem continuing. I’m aware that I’ll never be 20-years-old again but I have more experience and more knowledge now.”