Fernando Alonso switches focus to Le Mans after dismal 300th GP

But that doesn't change Alonso's thoughts, he added: "I remember in 2009 with Renault that we were not very competitive and we still did some practice or qualifying runs because we wanted to test the tyres and something like that, and we were P1".

"I'm one of the best to have raced in F1", he told BBC.

Retiring from the Canadian Grand Prix early Sunday was not what Fernando Alonso had been hoping for in his 300th Grand Prix weekend, but now the Spaniard can focus on the triple crown and Le Mans. "I try to benefit from that".

His remarks were made at an event hosted by McLaren to make his landmark race in Montreal, to which a number of other drivers and senior figures from other teams came to pay tribute to him.

As Formula 1's current statesman, and on the eve of his 300th Grand Prix, Alonso's career review includes 32 wins and two world titles, and a painful shortage of results since he rejoined McLaren in 2015.

"We knew this could be a hard circuit for us, but yesterday we felt competitive, the auto was feeling good and we were fast", said Alonso.

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"There are some opportunities missing", Alonso added.

"In a way, I think it is better because I wouldn't be happy if I had more trophies in my house but people didn't think I deserved them", he explained.

"I think right now, we are in the right direction to go back to the winning path".

Brown said plans were progressing and he expected to make an announcement in coming months on whether McLaren would have a team in place for the 2019 IndyCar season.

He has won twice in Monaco and was unlucky not to succeed past year in Indianapolis, where a late engine failure ruined his race.

And this year he has repeatedly criticised F1 for being too predictable, with the top three teams a second a lap clear of the rest.

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He's ninth in the points standings this year, and although he's still winless, he has to be considered a threat Sunday. Also collecting stage points were Brad Keselowski , Kurt Busch , William Byron, Joey Logano and Aric Almirola.

Alonso continues to be a prodigal piece of the puzzle as he's recently shown his discontent with Formula 1 action. If he is able to clinch victory, the likelihood is that he would be tempted to opt for a full assault at the IndyCar series.

Double world champion Alonso competed in the Indianapolis 500 a year ago in an effort connected to Andretti Motorsport, leading the race before an engine failure ended his involvement. His first attempt to win the classic sports auto event is next weekend.

"There are 21 races and we all know in this table what's going to happen in the next 14 races".

"We'll see", continued Alonso.

"In sport in general, you can play basketball and one night you have a magic night and you score 80 points and maybe you win the game together with your team-mates".

"There are favourites for the World Cup, but you can't guarantee Germany, Spain or Brazil will win, but here everyone can guarantee that Mercedes or Ferrari will win the race, and this is very sad for the sport".

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