Fernando Alonso made it very clear that the predictability of Formula 1 has played a big part in his decision to step away from grand prix racing in 2019.
It sounds like a reasonable claim, even if it's clear the overriding factor is that he doesn't want to waste his time messing about in the F1 midfield and, as he has hinted, he would stay on were he to have a title-contending car. But has F1 really become that predictable?
Alonso made his grand prix debut for Minardi in 2001, and save for a season as Renault test driver in '02 has been an ever present on the grid since. So to interrogate Alonso's assertion, it's logical to look at his 18-season span in F1.