Fernando Alonso has spoken out saying that he will not be content to retire from Formula One with only two world championships.
Alonso won his titles in 2005 and 2006 but, despite falling agonisingly short in 2007, 2010 and 2012, he has failed to add to that since. Ferrari have so far failed to give him the third title he desires and Alonso insisted this has kept him “hungry for success” despite the team’s slow start in 2014.
“I never thought to become Formula 1 driver, I never thought to win one Grand Prix so I was not sure I could win two championships,” Alonso told CNN’s ‘The Circuit’, in an interview to be broadcast on April 19. “I’m extremely proud and extremely happy with my career. If you ask me right now and I am in a middle of a competition, I am hungry for victories, hungry for success and I will tell you that two championships are not enough.”
He also uses the interview to play down rumours of an uneasy partnership with team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, insisting the man who beat him to the 2007 title is perfect motivation when he is the other side of the Ferrari garage.
“I think he’s very talented so that is a huge help and a huge motivation for myself first and also for the team because the team knows it has to deliver a good car because Kimi will deliver a good result. I think from the outside it’s always exaggerated how the relationships between teammates are.
“It’s true that you should beat your teammate to have a better reputation or to have a better result in that weekend. But believe me when we are in a meeting or a debrief after a race, people should see the atmosphere inside the team.
“There are zero problems, there are only good things or positive things…helpful comments from the other driver. There’s a huge communication and a huge teamwork despite what you read or what you see from the outside.”