Fernando Alonso: Motor racing is more than Formula 1
Two-time Formula 1 champion and current McLaren F1 driver Fernando Alonso is striking back at suggestions he is only quitting F1 because he could not secure a competitive race seat.
As the Spaniard's long career winds down, many paddock insiders say it is sad that Alonso could not win more than his two world championships.
"I think it's something for Formula 1 to consider," Renault F1 driver Carlos Sainz said. "Why one of the best drivers is leaving and why we cannot have a bit more of a competitive grid."
Alonso says that analysis is not right.
"I'm not leaving because I don't have a competitive car," Alonso said in Mexico, ahead of Sunday's F1 Mexican Grand Prix. "I'm leaving because I achieved everything in Formula 1 that I wanted to achieve.
"Motor racing is more than Formula 1. Everyone says, 'It's a shame, and Formula 1 has to figure out why Fernando has to leave.' But the truth is that I'm leaving because I want to, not because I have to."