Fernando Alonso believes a third title will help cement the legacy of Formula One
Fernando Alonso is not in desperate need of a third world championship, but he will send the message that discipline is important, not age.
Two-time Formula 1 world champion, Alonso’s victories came in back-to-back seasons with Renault in 2005 and 2006.
But despite having come close on several occasions since then — losing the 2007 title by one point, four in 2010 and three in 2012 — he has He was not able to add to his tally.
A tense spell with someone who can’t compete McLaren The team finished in 2018, at which point Alonso was away from Formula 1 for a two-season period.
Back in 2021 with Alps, the new incarnation of the former Renault team, with the aim of preparing to compete for the title in 2022.
Now 40, he believes winning his third world championship will send an important message to a future generation of runners – that age does not define and limits success, and instead that the sport is a “way to live”.
Alonso said about the possibility of a third title, while appearing in Beyond the Network podcast.
“But I don’t know, it’s not that I’m desperate to get it and that it’s going to change my entire career or change my way of seeing the sport.
“I’m a very competitive person in everything I do, so I’m really looking forward to a third championship and I’ll be doing what I have and more in the coming years.
“It could mean a lot in terms of maybe a legacy after my Formula 1 career, of how you always push to the limits, always try to find excellence in the things you do, have a high degree of discipline in the way you do racing, in the way You deal with the race.
“It doesn’t matter if you are 19, it doesn’t matter if you are 42 or 43, this is a way of living and a complete dedication to the sport.
“Maybe that’s the biggest thing if I win a third championship, that kind of legacy and a message for future generations.”
But if Alpine delivers a solid package for 2022, will Alonso seek short-term success and then call it a day or will it last longer?
As it turns out, that doesn’t really matter because he put his heart on at least another two to three years in Formula 1 regardless.
“Yes, I will be,” he replied when asked if he would be in Formula 1 after 2022 if the car was good.
“And even if the car is not good. My plan is to stay for two or three years at least.”