In 2018 former two-time world champion Fernando Alonso has left Formula One for other racing opportunities. He has been quite successful at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 24 Hours of Daytona. Ahead of the 2020 racing season, he eyes Dakar Rally and Indianapolis 500 running, not ruling out an F1 return. Offering Fernando Alonso special bets, the bookmakers also seem to have some predictions over his future.
The 38-year-old Spaniard has been actively exploring other racing championships since retiring from Formula One. Being one of the most well-rounded drivers in the racing world, he has shifted his focus on endurance racing career. Alonso still intends to tie Graham Hill’s record of winning the Triple Crown of Motorsport. That means he is returning for the 104th running of Indy 500 in 2020 and will also take on Dakar Rally. The Oviedo native also hinted at an F1 return in 2021. This prompted several online sportsbook sites in Spain to weigh in his chances of success for the next year.
|To win the Dakar Rally in 2020||13.00|
|To win Indianapolis 500 in 2020||11.00|
|To win a Formula 1 race in 2021||21.00|
Another Indy 500 bid and a Dakar debut
Unlike his fellow racers, Fernando Alonso is quite a confident driver. Despite a decade-long failed campaign at F1, he is ambitious for victories and harnesses his skills at different racing events. At this point, scoring the Triple Crown of Motorsport is his number one priority. According to the online sportsbook news in Spain, Alonso aims to take part in the 104th Indianapolis 500.
That will mark his third try at IndyCar series, as the Spaniard has raced with McLaren in 2017 and failed to qualify in 2019. In the first race, he led four times for a total of 27 laps. However, his engine failed with 21 laps to go and Alonso finished 24th. As for the 2019 stint, McLaren wasn’t fully committed to the event which is why it failed to qualify. The squad was focused on F1 and opted to enter the Indianapolis 500 instead of the full 2019 IndyCar Series.
Such a track record at Indy 500 makes the Betway Sportsbook oddsmakers to doubt his bid in 2020 as well. The Spaniard hasn’t even decided what team he will join for the running, so a pessimistic prediction was expected. While you could take this prognosis with a pinch of salt, the situation with Dakar Rally is different.
Alonso is set to enter the off-road endurance event for the first time on January 5. He is partnered with fellow Spaniard Marc Coma in the SA-built Toyota Hilux GR. The 38-year-old has dismissed the chances to win for his debut. He is aware of his lack of experience and doesn’t feel ready to win. It will be more difficult to do with the reigning champion still in the game, thus the 13.00 odds rate.
Fernando Alonso special bets address the Formula 1 return
You could say that Alonso didn’t want to leave the F1 Championship, despite his speech about moving on. He hasn’t left an option with the top teams picking younger drivers and McLaren failing to develop a competitive car. The Spaniard is a consistent driver who can extract additional pace from a car in all weathers and all tracks. Nonetheless, he needs good circumstances to enter the title race.
Alonso has addressed a potential return on more than several occasions. By the end of 2020, there should be no shortage of rides available, but he wants to compete in a leading team. It’s comprehensible, considering he hasn’t won a race since 2013. Judging by the 21.00 odds rate at 1XBET, such a perspective is not an option in 2021 as well.
Both Mercedes and Ferrari have been running a junior program and have younger drivers waiting for a seat. The Scuderia also is looking for a chance to sign Lewis Hamilton and keep Charles Leclerc in the squad. The Silver Arrows have been secretly scouting for Max Verstappen and may consider George Russell to replace Valtteri Bottas. Therefore, opportunities at a competitive seat in 2021 are still scarce. Don’t hesitate to check our latest review about Betway Sportsbook, before taking up on Fernando Alonso special bets.