If this season he is firmly installed in the middle of the table with Alpine, Fernando Alonso does not despair of regaining the forefront in Formula 1, and even takes to dreaming of a third world title that eludes him since his first two crowns won in 2005 and 2006. The second youngest double champion in history can become the second oldest triple champion in the years to come?
The years, yes, because even if Alonso is only under contract with Alpine until the end of the 2022 season, he does not intend to leave so soon. When asked in the Beyond The Grid podcast, recorded shortly before his podium at the Qatar Grand Prix, if he intends to stay beyond in case his car turns out to be particularly competitive, the Spaniard 40-year-old replies: “Yes, I will stay. Even though the car is not that good, I plan to stay at least two or three more years.” This is bad news for young drivers like Oscar Piastri!
Alonso however tries to avoid any fixate on a possible third title, which he desires but which will certainly be difficult to win within a team which has won only one Grand Prix since the beginning of the era. turbo hybrid in 2014 and does not plan to be at this level next season, having “one project out of 100 races” according to its CEO Laurent Rossi.
“It would be a lot, for sure”, recognizes Alonso about this famous third title. “But it’s not that I desperately want to have it, it’s not going to change my whole career or my way of seeing F1. I have the competitive spirit, as has been said before, in everything I am looking forward to the third championship and will do everything in my power – and more – in the years to come. “
“It would mean a lot in terms of heritage, after the end of my Formula 1 career, to show that you always have to attack to the limit, try to find excellence in the things you do, be very disciplined in the way you shop, in the approach to the race. It doesn’t matter if you are 19 or if you are 42 or 43, it is a way of life. You have to be completely dedicated. to the sport. It will probably be the main thing if I win this third title, this kind of legacy and message for the next generations. “
As to whether his record and especially his two world titles are meager compared to his talent, Alonso shows modesty: “No, I don’t think so. We get what we deserve. There are a few examples where we could maybe say that something is unfair, as some people win championships or races while we can consider that there may be better drivers on the grid. But we will never know, because we are all in different cars. “
“And vice versa, there are a lot of talented drivers who, as I said, haven’t even made it to Formula 1. And that’s unfair, because in promotion formulas I have raced with a lot of drivers. who were exceptional, who won a lot of championships in karting, in Formula 3, in other categories, and who never had the opportunity to drive a Formula 1. It’s the same here on the grid, we have 20 awesome drivers, but maybe 90% of them will never win a race in their Formula 1 career. And that’s unfair, because they sure deserve it. “ It will obviously be recalled that 11 of the 20 titular drivers in 2021 are Grand Prix winners, and there will remain ten next year after the retirement of Kimi Raikkonen.
“In my career, I had the chance to win two championships, and when I think about my career, I also put Le Mans, Daytona, the World Endurance Championship, the World Karting Championship. I see that I have more than I dreamed of when I started my career. I will never consider my record to be unfair or unlucky “, concludes Alonso.