Fernando Alonso has every belief in himself as a driver and insists that he is capable of winning a third championship despite tough competition from Mercedes.
It is no secret that the McLaren-Honda team have faced struggles recently but talented driver Alonso believes that they can turn things around this year.
The thirty four year old was asked in a Spanish radio interview whether or not he thinks that he can become a champion for a third time. He responded stating that he thought it could be a possibility, and that, at the end of the day, he competes to win. If he didn’t think that he could win then what would be the point in competing.
The Spanish driver believes that this could be the year that his team get a podium finish:
“I do not think we are far from achieving a podium. I would be surprised if we managed it at the start of the season, because in the first few races not everything will be place.”
He has good feelings for the 2016 car and added:
“When everything is in place, we will make a very big improvement.”
The aspiring Champion recognised that Mercedes are ahead of everyone else. And passed comment on Honda’s engine performance compared with this year’s Mercedes engine:
“We will certainly have less power, between 30 and 80bhp.”
Alonso also confirmed that he had never considered taking a year out or retiring at this stage in his career. He openly admitted that the idea was ‘unthinkable’.
The Spanish driver’s opinion is highly regarded, and at this stage he believes that McLaren are the only team who could ultimately beat Mercedes. Although he was quick to add that his team are a starting project and that they are still some way off displaying performances worthy of Champion status.
There has never been any regret in his career choices and leaving Ferrari at the end of 2014 is something that he doesn’t choose to dwell on. Ferrari did make an about turn following Alonso’s departure. His replacement at Ferrari, was four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, who won three races in 2015 to finish third in the standings.
Alonso was offered a contract of renewal by Ferrari prior to his departure. The new contract would have had the thirty four year old committed to the team until 2019, but the star turned it down:
“I would never have been world champion there. Now I enjoy Formula 1 more being 10 positions further behind.”