Alonso: The important thing is to win

Fernando Alonso winning is everything

Fernando Alonso winning is everything

Fernando Alonso is in his fifth year with Ferrari, he takes time out to describe what it entails driving for the legendary squad from Maranello and reveals that winning is more important than the manner in which it is achieved. This is the second installment of a three part interview with Spain’s double world champion.

When you look back what do you think of all the sacrifices you have made to get to the top?
Fernando Alonso: When I look back, definitely I see happiness, delight, moments I would never have dreamed of and it has been a privilege to have the opportunity to go through that. There are definitely sacrifices too, things you have not been able to do or things you might have done but never got the opportunity. Also having a more normal life, with school frineds, university friends, a more normal social life, as I said I have been privileged and I have experienced things that have definitely broguht me great satisfaction. Overall if I look back I only see good things.

At what point did you realise you were becoming a really good racing driver?
FA: Well, never. I think that when you arrive in Formula 1 and I can well remember still my first year at Minardi, I was thinking and talking with my family about racing that year and trying to do well because if the following year I didn’t continue or my contract wasn’t renewed, then I could say for the rest of my life I have raced in Formula 1 for one year. That is what I thought at the time. I was never thinking I would go further than that. Then came the World Championship and it was still the same thing, one day I could say I was Formula 1 World Champion but I didn’t think of going further or to reach a level at which people would respect me.

For Fernando Alonso being a Ferrari driver is extra special

For Fernando Alonso being a Ferrari driver is extra special

What is the ideal grand prix for you?
FA: The ideal grand prix is the one that you win. It doesn’t matter if you dominate from the first to the last lap or if you make a pass to win at the final corner. The important thing is to win. All wins have a different taste to them and bring a different feeling at the precise moment and you feel them all very intensely. I think the win is much more important than the way in which it is obtained.

Is it true that driving for Ferrari is different to do so with any other team? And why?
FA: Ferrari is an historic team, a team that has always been in Formula 1 and has always had something special about it. That is the Ferrari legend, a passion and a way of going racing, that is definitely unique. The team has a great will to win with great passion coming not just from the mechanics and engineers who work for Ferrari. The whole of Italy is behind it and it’s a very potent brand. Therefore racing for Ferrari is always more exciting and has a more intense feeling than doing it with any other team and that is what always makes it so appealing.

What has been the best day of your Formula 1 career to date?
FA: I think my best day in Formula 1 was in 2005 in Brazil when I won the world championship for the first time, as definitely the first world championship is an unforgettable moment in one’s career.

Your best day with Ferrari so far?
FA: The best moment I think was Valencia 2012: a home race, racing in front of your home crowd with all my family there and it was a race in which I started eleventh. You never expect to win from starting from so far back and yet everything went perfectly that Sunday. It was definitely a moment when I couldn’t have been happier. (GP247-Ferrari)