Alonso: Two titles not enough
16 April 2014 – Ferrari ace Fernando Alonso has said two F1 titles is not enough and that he will not be happy if he retires as 'only' a double World Champion.
Alonso took back-to-back titles with Renault in 2005 and 2006, and while he has come close to a third title a number of times since then, finishing third in 2007 and runner-up in 2010 and 2012, as well as in 2013, albeit a long way off Sebastian Vettel last year, he has still to emulate what the likes of Ayrton Senna, Niki Lauda, Jackie Stewart and Nelson Piquet managed, by becoming a three-time F1 World Champion.
"I never thought I'd become a F1 driver, I never thought I'd win one Grand Prix so I was not sure I could win two championships. I'm extremely proud and extremely happy with my career. If you ask me right now though, and I am in a middle of a competition, I am hungry for [more] victories, hungry for success and I will tell you that two championships are not enough," the Spaniard told CNN's 'The Circuit' ahead of this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix, the fourth round in the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship.
Alonso also added that the arrival of Kimi Räikkönen at the Scuderia this season has been a positive and that any tension between them is a media fantasy.
"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," he continued.
"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," he emphasised.