Fernando Alonso says he wants ‘more drama’ in his story

Fernando Alonso is riding high this year, having managed four podium finishes in five races, as Aston Martin puts him back on course for victory.

Fernando Alonso has revealed his goal, as he experiences an impressive career comeback, securing multiple podium finishes for the first time in a season since 2014.

A two-time Formula 1 champion, Alonso is still looking for a third world title, having last held the trophy aloft in 2005, as well as a 33rd Grand Prix victory, with his last P1 finish a decade ago.

The Spaniard took a two-year hiatus from Formula 1 in 2019/20 after a tough few years at McLaren-Honda, winning the World Endurance Championship and 24 hours of Le Mans twice.

Having joined Aston Martin this season, Alonso is back to the form seen during his years at Ferrari and Renault, picking up four podiums in five races.

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With Red Bull dominating the field, a 33rd Grand Prix victory might not be on the horizon but Alonso is keen to secure it as soon as possible, as well as making no secret of his championship ambitions.

“When I finished, it was on a low, and I didn’t want that because my performance, my competitiveness, was as high as ever back then, but people didn’t see it,” Alonso told The New York Times.

“Now, I’m proving I’m still fast, at whatever age – that’s part of the comeback story. Winning the 33rd grand prix or fighting for a championship would add even more drama to the story.”

With Alonso back to his old ways, the 41-year-old isn’t ready to call it a day just yet, even though he is the oldest driver on the grid.

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“Eventually one day I will stop. I’m not sure if it’s going to be because of the performance on track or, with all the travelling, all the grands prix, that maybe I will want an easier life or whatever.

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“But at the moment, not even in the short term, that’s not yet. I’m just happy driving and performing well.

“I’m aware of my age, and I know I will not be here for the next 10 years, or whatever.”

Having finished five rounds, Alonso is sat in P3 of the Drivers’ Standings, 44 points behind title-leader Max Verstappen.