Fernando Alonso says he is looking forward to discovering the “new Formula 1″ following the launch of his 2014 car, the Ferrari F14 T, today.
The Spaniard is hoping that he can take his first world title for the Scuderia at his fifth attempt, which is something that former Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher previously achieved in 2000.
“Schumacher won in his fifth year with Ferrari,” he said. “I’m in my fifth year now, so hopefully I can repeat some of the success that he had. Obviously in the last four years, we had some opportunities – especially in 2010 and 2012 – to win the championship, so this year we will try again and hopefully it will be the good one.”
Looking ahead to the new season, which will be dramatically different due to the new rules, he said: “I think in 2014 Formula 1 will change a lot with the new regulations. That will have some implications on the driving styles, so definitely I’m looking forward to discovering this new Formula 1.”
He will be paired with Kimi Raikkonen this season. “I think Kimi and me, as a team, we should be quite strong on paper because we have had some success in the past in our careers,” he said. “But you need to discover every year. We start from zero, if we do well we will have a very strong team and we can deliver some good results for Ferrari. If we don’t do good enough, some of the teams will have another best pairing drivers so it is up to us to deliver and do a good job.”
Raikkonen returns to Ferrari after two seasons at Lotus. “It is nice to come back to the Ferrari team, the place where I won my world championship in 2007,” said the Finn. “Obviously the aim is the same; we want to do the best that we can, try to win races and world championships. The time will tell what will happen, but we are definitely fighting for the biggest victory.”
He also commented on the back operation that forced him out of the final two races of 2013. When asked if he missed driving a Formula 1 car, he replied: “Not really, it was nice to have a break and I had to have a small operation so I didn’t really have a choice, I wanted to be 100 per cent and as pain free as possible for the coming season. I think it was a good time to have this thing done and I think we will get enough running driving a Formula 1 car this season so it is not a problem.
Speaking about the team’s chances next year, he said: “Are we the strongest team? I hope that we are going to be. I think we both drive very well and we both want to win. The time will tell what will happen and if we can bring the championships back to Ferrari. But I would say that there are a lot of other things, especially with the new rules, that is the results going to be what we want. I think we are both more than capable to be up there and fighting for world championships.”
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