Fernando Alonso: “Getting respect sometimes has more value”

With Fernando Alonso’s future still up in the air, the Ferrari driver insists his focus is firmly on this weekend’s United States Grand Prix, with the desire to get the best result possible for himself and the team.

Alonso acknowledged that the team are still in a sombre mood as they continue to monitor Jules Bianchi’s condition in Japan following his serious accident at Suzuka, but will race on in Austin with the intention of giving his maximum all weekend long, with the team in a close battle with Williams for third place in the World Constructors’ Championship.

“I know more or less what I’m doing next year,” said Alonso. “But for now my priority is the work on the track. There are a lot of things that can happen in the next races and we need to deliver good results because we are fighting in the Constructors’ championship.

“There is a massive push from the engineers, mechanics and everyone in the team to deliver good results. This is the first priority at the moment. My own future is very low priority at the moment in my opinion. As I said before, I will do what I think is best for my future and for Ferrari.

“But at the moment we have to concentrate on the competition to race on Sunday, giving my maximum, even if, with Jules’ situation, there is still something of a sad atmosphere here.”

When reflecting on having failed to have won a third World Drivers’ Championship whilst at Ferrari, Alonso was philosophical that he believes he will get another chance wherever he ends up next year and beyond.

“At the end of the day winning or not is a matter of being in the right place at the right moment” added Alonso. “Getting respect sometimes has more value. When I joined Ferrari in 2009 I did not have the respect I have now.

“I have not won the championship these last five years, but, with Ferrari, I grew up as a driver and as a person. Definitely I want to win a third title and I’m sure I will have the opportunity.”