Fernando Alonso seems keen to quash speculation that he might soon join Ferrari by saying that winning the drivers’ championship with Renault next season is a "realistic target".
The Spaniard was in bullish mood as he said: "If we are winning races and fighting for the championship maybe we forget Ferrari – that’s my aim. I’m more motivated than ever and I’m not looking to 2011 or 2012."
Part of the reason for his optimism is the belief that rule changes introduced by the sport’s governing body mean that "everyone starts from zero".
Another reason is his conviction that the new car he will be racing in, unveiled by Renault yesterday, will be more competitive than the machine he was saddled with last year.
Alonso is no stranger to Formula One title races having won the drivers’ championship in 2005 and 2006. His rivalry with former McLaren colleague Lewis Hamilton could make next year’s title race especially interesting.
Written by James Christie