Fernando Alonso says he isn't concerned about his position in the F1 championship standings now that the title has been decided, with his focus for the remainder of the season being to enjoy himself and try to take at least one more win.
The Spaniard goes into the final four races sitting third in the championship standings and it just eight points behind Jenson Button – who is arguably the form man on the grid having taken five straight podium finishes.
Speaking ahead of the Korean Grand Prix – an event he won last year – Alonso admitted it would be difficult for Ferrari to win again this season even if it is his main aim, with his championship position no longer something he is getting concerned about.
“I want to try to win one race if possible.,” he said. “We know it will be difficult. Red Bull will remain favourites for the remaining races. McLaren is very strong at this part of the championship as well, so we know it is going to be difficult. But we will try every Sunday, we will try to enjoy racing, with obviously not the pressure of the championship position or whatever, as I think finishing, second, third or fifth in the Drivers' Championship is not a big difference. Once you cannot be World Champion it is not any more a big interest on that.
“In the constructors' championship, which is maybe more important, McLaren are still quite a long way ahead of us, so we need to do the maximum, but we know it is also going to be difficult to catch them. As I said try and enjoy racing like we did at Suzuka last weekend, when you can be aggressive on the starts, you can play a little bit with the strategy. We can enjoy Sundays, try do good races, maximise the potential of the car and if we do that then we know a podium is very possible and as I said if there is one opportunity to win one of the remaining grands prix we try to take it.”
The Spaniard added that his motivation wouldn't drop simply because the championship title is now won already, with all drivers keen to challenge for victory now matter the situation.
“I think we all want to win, in any race we participate in,” he said. “Even when we do the Race of Champions in December, for fun, if we finish second it's a very bad feeling, and a very bad night. Even here, in Formula One grand prix, in four different countries, racing for our teams, for our sponsors, for our fans, it's impossible not to be motivated to win that grand prix.”