Fernando Alonso is harbouring no thoughts of retirement, at least not before he bags at least one more Formula 1 World Championship title. He insists that he is hungry to win with Ferrari despite the fact that right now, he does not have the tools quell his hunger.
Alonso told the BBC, “We are still hungry for success, waiting for our opportunity to become champion[s]. This is the main goal and you don’t think of retiring until you get some satisfaction. I’m just hungry to win. At the moment, we are so far away. That it is not frustration, it is just that we need to do better.”
As for a third title to add to the two he won almost a decade ago, in 2005 and 2006, the Spaniard said, “It is something I am working for and hoping for. It is not that I’m not happy with two but the third [title] puts you in a list of very important names.”
“I think I can carry on long enough to win and to be competitive for some good years. I don’t know how many – three, five, seven. I don’t think it should be any problem.”
Word in the paddock is that although drivers accept the current new era Formula 1, not many of them are enthusiastic about what it means for them in the cockpit.
Alonso explains why there is disenchantment within the ranks, “The new F1 cars are heavier, slower, difficult to understand what the car is doing, you cannot push all through the race. You push two laps and then you save tyres until the next stop.”
“Sometimes you don’t even push. This is not something racing drivers like to do. It is not a problem of how long you can keep this level, it’s a problem of how much fun I will have driving those cars in the future,” mused the winner of 32 grands prix.
Alonso, who has a contract with Ferrari until 2016, also took time to clarify the perception that he and the president Luca di Montezemolo don’t always see eye to eye.
“We talk very, very often, once a week. When it is a race weekend, we talk three times. Sometimes I talk more with him than with my family. There are zero problems,” insisted Alonso.
Nevertheless Alonso has been linked with moves away from Ferrari, and it is known that Ron Dennis is keen for for him to spearhead the McLaren Honda renaissance, but the man from Oviedo is adamant that the Reds will provide him with a car to win more titles.
“I must, and I need to, believe [that Ferrari can win]. There is the potential there. We have all the ingredients and we just need to put them all together. I am very proud to be part of this team and I know that winning with Ferrari will mean more than winning with another team,” added Alonso. (GP247)