Former Renault boss Flavio Briatore is convinced that Formula One will lose one of the most recognizable athletes in the world by leaving Fernando Alonso.

Alonso, who drove his last Formula 1 race last year at Abu Dhabi, will be chasing a triple crown of the motorsport in the Indy500 race in 2019. Spaniard’s long-time manager Flavio Briatore is confident that Alonso’s departure will be deeply regretted.

Briatore told Motorlat:

Formula 1 without Fernando Alonso is like Real Madrid without Cristiano Ronaldo. Fernando is one of the few recognizable stars. In the current squad, next to him are only Vettel, Hamilton and Raikkonen.

Although Alonso did not write off the possibility of returning to Formula 1, Briatore doubts of Spaniard comeback, unless he gets a top team ofter:

I do not think he will return if he does not get a competitive team offer. The options are only two, Mercedes or Ferrari. He’s definitely one of the best drivers in the world and I’m sure he will not race for the fifth or sixth place.

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