Sport Alonso considered quitting F1 after troubled 2017

18:05  13 march  2018
18:05  13 march  2018 Source:   Omnisport

Spanish authorities want Xabi Alonso jailed for tax fraud

  Spanish authorities want Xabi Alonso jailed for tax fraud Spanish prosecutors are calling for former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso to be sent to jail for eight years for tax fraud. The Spanish Tax Agency set out their case against the Spaniard for image rights fraud, an allegation he strongly denies. The case against the former Bayern Munich and Real Madrid star was originally closed but allegations of another suspected tax fraud have led to a judge in Madrid ordering for a new investigation. According to reports from Spain, Alonso and his financial advisors have been accused of hiding money in an offshore account to avoid paying tax. Unlike other high profile footballers, such as another former Red, Javier Mascherano, who accepted charges of fraud and negotiated a repayment plan to avoid a term in jail, Alonso has always maintained his innocence and has no plans to plead guilty to the charges against him. If found guilty, Alonso and his his advisors face spending eight years in prison.

A desire to win motorsport's biggest races outside of F 1 almost led to McLaren driver Fernando Alonso leaving the series.

Formula One. F 1 , Fernando Alonso , McLaren Honda, Quit . “ I ’m curious to see what the cars will be like in 2017 , I ’ll get into one and then think about the future.” “ I don’t know what I ’m going to do after 30 years at the wheel, but when I stop, it’s over, no turning back”.

fernandoalonso - Cropped: McLaren driver Fernando Alonso © Provided by Omnisport McLaren driver Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso considered quitting Formula One at the end of last season to pursue his Triple Crown dream, but decided he could not leave on a disappointing note.

McLaren have been beset by engine and reliability issues in recent years, leading to them switching suppliers from Honda to Renault for the upcoming season, and Alonso chalked up just 17 points.

The two-time F1 world champion skipped last year's Monaco Grand Prix in order to race the Indy 500.

That experience has whetted Alonso's appetite to add the Indy 500 and Le Mans 24 Hours to his Monaco Grand Prix wins – and complete motorsport's unofficial Triple Crown – but he opted to remain in F1 for the time being.

Raikkonen leads Alonso on final day of F1 test

  Raikkonen leads Alonso on final day of F1 test Kimi Raikkonen topped the final day of testing ahead of the 2018 Formula 1 season, while Fernando Alonso was second fastest for McLaren. Raikkonen set his fastest lap of the day in the morning session on the hypersoft tyres, a 1m17.221s, which was within a tenth of a second of his team-mate Sebastian Vettel’s unofficial track record set on Thursday. Alonso posted a 1m17.784s with just over 10 minutes of the afternoon session remaining. However it was far from a positive day for the team, as Alonso completed just seven laps before causing a red flag. McLaren changed the engine and he had a more productive afternoon, though missed a large portion of the day, as its disappointing pre-season test comes to a close. Carlos Sainz Jr was third fastest for Renault, just over three tenths adrift of his fellow countryman. He had a troubled morning, spending the majority of the session in the garage with a gearbox issue. Daniel Ricciardo was fourth quickest in the RB14, but unlike the top three, his time was set on the supersoft tyres. Romain Grosjean was within a tenth of Ricciardo in fifth place. His time, a 1m18.412s was set on super-soft tyres. Valtteri Bottas drove the Mercedes in the afternoon, and his quickest time was 1.6s off Raikkonen, albeit on the medium tyres. His team-mate Lewis Hamilton focused on race simulations in the morning, ending up 11th on the timesheet. The Mercedes duo clocked up 201 laps between them.

Kimi Raikkonen considered returning to F 1 retirement after his disastrous 2014 season, according to a Spanish sports daily. It came after an horror 2014 for Raikkonen, who was thrashed by his now-departed former Ferrari teammate Fernando Alonso .

McLaren driver Fernando Alonso considered quitting Formula 1 at the end of 2017 to pursue his dream of winning motorsport's unofficial triple crown. "Yes, I did think about the possibility of changing series and stopping Formula 1 ," he told F 1 Racing. " After I did the Indy 500 last year, when I came

Speaking to F1 Racing, he said: "Yes, I did think about the possibility of changing series and stopping Formula One.

"After I did the Indy 500 last year, when I came back there were a couple of races in Austria, Silverstone, when I thought, 'maybe next year I could try a different series; I could do full commitment to the Triple Crown and do Indy and Le Mans and maybe that's the best thing'.

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