"When I stopped in 2018, I was tired of travelling and all of the things around Formula 1 and, as I said, not being able to compete for high things but I didn't have any perception or anything that maybe people thought about the sport or myself in general."
In the last four seasons before his retirement in 2018, Alonso returned to the McLaren team to give a shot at trying to return the team to its former glory.
Unfortunately, the car was uncompetitive in the early years of the hybrid era, leaving Alonso disillusioned with the sport and quickly losing interest. He decided to retire at the end of the 2018 season but has said nonetheless that the love he received from fans was exceptional.
"I saw a lot of things [when I stopped], first was the love that the people had towards my career and my job," he added.
"When I stopped, the only thing that I received when I was meeting people or a fan or people at the airport or in the hotels or whatever it was 'you need to come back, you need to come back' this kind of thing.
"So it was a surprise that they loved what we were doing because, for me, the last few years it was like we are nearly anonymous here, nobody is seeing us."
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