Fernando Alonso desperate for results, not respect

Fernando Alonso

Ferrari ace Fernando Alonso says he would trade the respect he has earned during recent seasons for more on-track success.

Since switching to Ferrari in 2010, two-time champion Alonso has been acknowledged by many as the most complete driver on the grid. Despite never having the fastest car, he has finished as world championship runner-up three times and produced numerous standout performances.

He did that again in yesterday's Austrian Grand Prix, finishing fifth despite the Mercedes-engined cars enjoying a significant advantage over the Ferrari and Renault powerplants.

“I think that I can consider this to be my best race of the season, because finishing eighteen seconds off the Mercedes in a race without a Safety Car or any particular incidents, is a good result," he reflected afterwards. However, when asked how much satisfaction he got from these heroics, Alonso was blunt.

"Not much, to be honest," he told reporters after the race. "It's been five years like this.

"There is always the satisfaction that everyone believes that you are performing at your best. There's the respect from the drivers, team principals and fans for the job that you do.

"But I'd prefer to have no respect and win more trophies. At the moment we are not in that position, so let's try to be a little bit better and try to do more podiums, more wins, and help the team more and more."

As well as finishing as the best non-Mercedes car, the Spaniard also comfortably defeated team-mate Kimi Raikkonen once again, taking the chequered flag five places and half a minute ahead of the Finn.