Alonso: No retirement until third title
5 June 2014 – Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso has said he is not thinking of retiring from Formula 1 until he has bagged his third title.
Alonso claimed back-to-back crowns with Renault in 2005 and 2006, but since then has failed to repeat that, although he did finish second to Sebastian Vettel in 2010, 2012 and 2013, only narrowly missing out on two of those occasions.
Speaking ahead of this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix, where the dominant Mercedes' of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are expected to again rule as they have all season, the Spaniard reiterated how important that third crown is to him.
"It is something I am working for and hoping for," he said in an interview with BBC Sport. "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 [with Ferrari] and hopefully the next opportunity we have we don't miss it again."
"We are still hungry for success, waiting for our opportunity to become champion," he added. "This is the main goal and you don't think of retiring until you get some satisfaction."
Asked if he still believes Ferrari can provide him with a car to take that third crown, he replied: "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."
So how much longer can he carry on? "I think I can carry on long enough to win and to be competitive for some good years," continued the 32-year-old. "I don't know how many [years] - three, five, seven. I don't think it should be any problem."