Fernando Alonso Speaks on His Quest for the Elusive Third Title

At 41 years of age, he is the oldest driver on the grid, but he has not lost his competitive edge or his drive to succeed.

by Faruk Imamovic
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Fernando Alonso Speaks on His Quest for the Elusive Third Title

With more than 350 appearances in races and 20 seasons under his belt, Fernando Alonso, the Spanish driver for the Aston Martin team, has established himself as a veteran in the world of Formula 1. At 41 years of age, he is the oldest driver on the grid, but he has not lost his competitive edge or his drive to succeed.

In this interview, Alonso speaks about his career, his team, and his aspirations for the future.

Still Fresh, Still Motivated

When asked about his future in the sport, Alonso reflected on his journey thus far. "I would love to know the answer as well," he began.

"I think when I started in Formula 1, my idea was to be here for seven or eight years. Then I won the two championships and I thought I would race maybe one or two more years, then I would stop. Now I find myself with the longest career ever in Formula 1.

I'm still fresh. I'm still motivated. I'm still enjoying every single day. I wake up in the morning and I'm happy of what I'm doing. There are a few more years, I think, for me. Hopefully, with a title contender in the future."

Aston Martin: A New Beginning

After a difficult 2022 season, the Aston Martin team has made a strong start to the 2023 campaign, with Alonso securing three third-place finishes in the first three races.

While the team's goal for this season is simply to have a good year, Alonso is optimistic about the future. "Well, that's the aim, for sure," he said. "But I think at the moment we have to keep our feet on the ground. The aim for the team is just to have a good season.

They were struggling a lot in 2022, so I think we have to, let's say, walk before we run. I think this 2023 campaign is just about getting better, getting to know the car better, starting a new project from day one, and that's where we are at the moment.

Hopefully, we have more podiums, hopefully, we fight for race wins, but I think to fight for the championship, we need to set the team a little bit before doing that."

Chasing the Third Title

When pushed on his chances of becoming a three-time champion, Alonso was unwavering in his belief.

"Always I believe it's possible, that's why I keep racing," he said. "Obviously, the challenge is big, you know that you need to overcome some difficulties, some top teams that are now on top of the sport, but I race every day and I train every day thinking that the third title is possible." While Alonso's ambitions stretch beyond a third championship, he acknowledges that the record of seven held by Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher is unlikely to be within reach.

"I think when you race for many years, you start breaking records, but I think the only thing that matters is to win and to break the record of championships," he commented. "At the moment, that's probably unreachable, because seven of Michael and seven of Hamilton are out of the possibility, but that will be the aim ultimately." The fourth race of the 2023 Formula 1 season will be held on April 30 in Azerbaijan. With Alonso's drive and determination, it is sure to be an exciting and unpredictable race.

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