Fernando Alonso says he is still interested in chasing motorsport's Triple Crown in the future, but insists that his focus is very much on F1 after confirmation of his contract extension with Alpine.
Alonso has two of the three elements of the Triple Crown under his belt, having won the Monaco Grand Prix (in 2006 and 2007) and the 24 Hours of Le Mans (in 2018 and 2019), but is missing a victory at the Indianapolis 500.
He ran with the frontrunners on his debut at the Brickyard in 2017, only to retire in the closing stages. He failed to qualify on his return in 2019 and finished a lap down on his last appearance in 2020.
Asked by RacingNews365.com if signing a contract extension with Alpine means he is giving up on winning the Indy 500 and the Triple Crown, Alonso said: "No. I think right now my main focus and my full dedication is to the F1 project, especially with the new rules and all the work that we'll have to do into next year. In the future, I will see.
"At the moment, I'm enjoying myself in this comeback. I think I'm performing now to a level that I'm happy with. From Baku, then Silverstone, for sure, Hungary… so I hope to show and to prove a little bit more now in the second part of the season and into next year.
"The future? I will see. For sure, from all the challenges that I attempt outside of Formula 1, Indy is still not completed, so it will always be in the list of wishes. But at the moment my full dedication is to F1."
Alonso added that his F1 extension with Alpine was "not in doubt".
"No. In my head it was all planned for 2022 and the new regulations – that's probably the reason I came back to the sport as well, for next year," he said.
"But then you need to have also the trust of the team, you need to execute good races in this first part of the season.
"It was not in doubt, but the contract was one-plus-one, so at one point we had to agree for 2022. I'm very happy with the team, I'm very happy with the comeback and I'm looking so much into next year.
"And the team, apparently, is happy with my job so far! We took one minute to make the decision."
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