Five megastars who – like Alonso – couldn’t stay away from F1
Fernando Alonso says he had no intention of returning to Formula 1 when he said “bye-bye” in 2018, but he is certainly not the first driver to be tempted back from ‘retirement’.
Alonso will get back behind the wheel of a contemporary McLaren this week in the post-race Bahrain GP test, but insists it is not part of a plan to return to the grid in 2020.
The two-time world champion, who stepped away from F1 for this season, said “coming back is not in the plan”, although admitted that “if something happened and a great opportunity arrives, I probably will consider”.
He also insisted that he is “not missing [F1] too much at the moment because I’ve been very busy”.
“If I was relaxing at home, maybe it was different,” he said.
Alonso is just the latest world champion to either seek opportunities beyond the world of F1, or a break from racing, only to find himself back behind the wheel before too long.
Here are five high-profile names that did exactly what Alonso is about to do…
Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 2007-09
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Mika Hakkinen, McLaren, 2006
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Jean Alesi, McLaren, 2002
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Nigel Mansell, Jordan, 1996
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Alain Prost, McLaren, 1994-96 & Red Bull, 2012 & ’14
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