Alonso: Fear doesn’t exist in Formula 1

Fernando Alonso has no fear

Fernando Alonso has no fear

Double world champion Fernando Alonso is a driver that is considered one of the best, if not the very best, of the current generation of Formula 1 drivers and in in the process has become the elder statesman of the sport, one of the most respected figures. We present the first installment of a three part interview with the Ferrari driver.

When you think about your job and your role what is the first adjective that springs to mind?
Fernando Alonso: Fighter. Because it is part of my character, part of my DNA to fight all the time. To think you’ve always got a chance. When things go well I like to try and do more, when things go badly I try to fix it. That’s not just in Formula 1 but also in every day life, there is always a fight.

Is there one person in particular you need to thank for where you are today?
FA: There are many people that help you to get where you are when you are a Formula 1 driver. Through it all one person has always been there for me and that’s my father [Jose Luis]. He’s been there right from the start, from the karting and then all through my single seater career. Even now, even if he’s not physically present at all the races, or at the days when I’m working or not working, he’s always there. I can lean on him, whatever has happened to me during the day, be it in my work or something personal. I call him and he always has a point of view – 99.9% of the time he’s right, which is why I listen very carefully to what he says.

Fernando Alonso with his father Jose Luis Alonso

Fernando Alonso with his father Jose Luis Alonso

What has been the worst moment of your racing career?
FA: There have been various times, definitely when I’ve had accidents and when I made mistakes that were too obvious and plain to see. On days like that you want to disappear and for a few weeks, you’d rather not see anyone. However I think that’s part of the sport, it happens in all sports, but definitely in Formula 1 and other sports that get a lot of media coverage, it’s even more the case. Then you deal with it, it happens to everyone and you try not to think about it too much.

Speaking about accidents… How do you deal with fear?
FA: Fear doesn’t exist in Formula 1. I think you always have a respect for the car, for what we are doing, respect for the speed, but fear, never. Definitely in wet races when you have very little visibility, you feel you are not comfortable, you are very uncomfortable, but it’s not fear. You want to get rid of some of this water to go quicker. In the end the car is your office.

What effect does winning have on you?
FA: Winning is motivating. I think when things go well and you manage to bring home a good result or win a race automatically for the next week, you are very motivated and delighted and want to be even better. You are more involved with the team and your engineers, you have more ideas, are more creative, you train harder because you want to repeat that feeling. You want to have the same feeling you had the previous Sunday. (GP247-Ferrari)