Villeneuve: Leaving Ferrari may have ended Alonso’s career


1997 Formula 1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve believes that Fernando Alonso was wrong to leave Ferrari for McLaren, and that the move could be career-ending.

Alonso left Ferrari at the end of last year after five unfulfilled years that failed to produce a third world championship that many had expected to follow upon his move to Maranello in 2010.

The Spaniard opted to rejoin McLaren for 2015, whom he spent one turbulent year with in 2007. However, the team has suffered its worst ever start to a Formula 1 season due to a variety of problems with its Honda power unit.

Speaking to Spanish newspaper AS, Villeneuve made his thoughts on Alonso’s move clear, believing it to be a huge mistake.

“Leaving Ferrari clearly is a mistake,” the Canadian said. “He could have spent three or four more years at the Italian team, and then retire, or go to McLaren if he wanted to win with them like in 2007 or whatever.

“I do not think he can afford to take risks. With this move may have ended his career. He may not win titles or even races.

“I hope things change, but I do not think it was a good choice.”

Villeneuve also hit out at Manor Marussia F1 Team’s revival over the winter, saying that the team should not be on the grid if it cannot be competitive.

“The teams is not worthy of F1,” he said. “It is better to be in GP2 or World Series and maybe be ahead.

“This is an expensive sport and you must be competitive.”