Alonso Wants A Third Before Retiring – I Should Think So…
Fernando Alonso says he won’t consider walking away from Formula One until he has that third World title.
The 32-year-old won his back-to-back titles with Renault in 2005 and 2006.
Falling short of the mark during his year with McLaren and his subsequent return to Renault, Alonso moved to Ferrari in 2010.
That has also failed to yield success with his best result being three runner-up finishes.
Alonso told BBC Sport: “We are still hungry for success, waiting for our opportunity to become Champion.
“This is the main goal and you don’t think of retiring until you get some satisfaction.”
He added: “It is something I am working for and hoping for.
“Three titles means a step. It is not that I’m not happy with two but the third puts you in a list of very important names.
“I have been close twice and hopefully the next opportunity we have we don’t miss it again.”
Pressed as to how many years of racing he has left in him, he said: “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.”
The double World Champion also spoke of his relationship with Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, adamant that they are on good terms despite speculation to the contrary.
“We talk very, very often, once a week, and when it is a race weekend we talk three times during the weekend. Sometimes I talk more with him than with my family.
“We know when the results are not coming everything you say will be interpreted in the wrong way, and the same for him. But definitely there are zero problems.”
He also backed Ferrari to turn their fortunes around, confident the team can give him a Championship-winning car.
“I must, and I need to, believe. 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 and it is something we want to do.”
I am going to start this off with a little review, sometimes the simple facts can state the point much more effectively that I could ever hope to?
Sebastian Vettel 2010 – 2013
Michael Schumacher 1995 – 1996, 2000 – 2004
Alain Prost 1985, 1986, 1989, 1993
Ayrton Senna 1988, 1990 – 1991
Nelson Piquet 1981, 1983, 1987
Niki Lauda 1975, 1977, 1984
Jackie Stwart 1969, 1971, 1973
Juan Manuel Fangio 1951, 1954 – 1957
Starting to get the picture? Many drivers have won one or two championships, not that that is anything less than an incredible achievement. In Formula 1, so few drivers ever win a single race let alone a championship.
As of 2014 only thirty-two drivers have ever accomplished this feat. However, to be considered one of the greats, part of that elite group within a group, it is not enough to win a championship, to truly burnish yourself in the history books a driver needs multiple championships and today that means more than two.
Personally, I don’t want Fernando Alonso to stop at three, why not four? This year it looks as though Lewis Hamilton will add another title to his tally and shed the “one and done” moniker and my guess is he will be very focused the following year to add the all important third title and jump ahead of Alonso to be one shy of Sebastian Vettel. More than likely the W06 will be up to the challenge.
If one thinks about it for just a moment, taking into account how difficult it is to win just one championship, winning many (3, 4 or 5) is a huge task and it is remarkable that many drivers have even done it, and of the ones that have, several accomplished this in an era when reliability was factor in every race with finishing percentages no where near to what they are today.
What often gets missed in this conversation commonly, with a team like Ferrari in the Schumacher days, the Vettel and Red Bull combo and now Mercedes with either driver being so strong, there ends up being literally a lock-out for the rest of the grid ever having a chance at the big prize.
Although I am sure Nico Rosberg, Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo will have plenty to say about their teammates adding another title to their resume over the next few years, between Hamilton, Alonso and Vettel my guess is those three not to mention the rest of the current crop of drivers are in an up hill battle for the foreseeable future.