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Fernando Alonso is still hungry to record that elusive third title despite the bitter disappointments of missing his chance thrice at the final races of the season.
The Spaniard claimed the second of his two titles in 2006 following which he lost championships on three occasions in the season-finales of 2007, 2010 and 2012.
Approaching the age of 33, his peak at the pinnacle of motor racing is in danger of being left unrewarded and sapping his motivation but Alonso is nevertheless focussed on his objectives.
"If you ask me right now ... I am hungry for victories, hungry for success -- I will tell you that two championships are not enough," he told CNN.
But it seems to be a tall task - at least this year.
Alonso is currently 35 points behind championship leader Nico Rosberg after three races, with Mercedes comfortably ahead of its rivals in terms of performance as Ferrari failed yet again to provide its star driver with a competitive car for the fifth straight season.
At the last race in Bahrain, Alonso could do no better than ninth while his teammate and former world champion Kimi Raikkonen finished tenth, adding a total of three points to Ferrari’s tally.
SECOND BEST TEAM
As a result, Stefano Domenicali stepped down from his position as team principal taking responsibility for the team’s poor show and was replaced by Marco Mattiacci, a marketing head with no prior experience in Formula One.
As the Maranello-based outfit regroups, it has reset its goals lower.
"We are naturally working as hard as we can on closing the gap to the top teams, with Mercedes having a reasonable lead over the rest of the field," Ferrari engineering director Pat Fry said. "Currently, our first priority is to establish ourselves as the second best team."