Fernando Alonso says that the plaudits he has received over his performances in recent years mean little if he cannot win races, the 33-year-old stating that he would trade all of his respect if it meant he could have more trophies.
Alonso joined Ferrari in 2010, but he is still yet to add to the two world titles he achieved with Renault in 2005 and 2006, despite being regularly considered as the most complete driver in the field.
It has now been more than a year since the Spaniard and Ferrari last won a grand prix – in Spain 2013 – and despite another impressive performance in Austria, where he finished fifth behind Williams’ Felipe Massa, as the highest non Mercedes-powered runner, Alonso admits that he can take little satisfaction due to the fact that he is not winning races and collecting trophies.
Asked how much satisfaction he could take from his result in Austria, Alonso replied: “Not much. It’s five years like this.
“There is always satisfaction that everyone believes you are always performing at your best.
“There’s the respect from drivers, team principals and fans for the job that you do. But I prefer to have no respect and to win more trophies.
While the double world champion has ruled out any chance of catching the all-dominant Mercedes team this year, he insists that Ferrari must be wary of the threat of both Williams and Force India, as it continues its pursuit of Red Bull in the constructors’ championship.
“At the moment we are not in that position so we must try to be a little bit better and try to do more podiums, more wins. Especially in the constructors’ this year it will be very tight with Red Bull, Force India and Williams.
“We know that means some extra cash for the year after so it’s important to make a lot of points for the team and try to keep the respect from everybody, maybe not from everybody but from as many people as possible.”
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