More learning ahead for Alonso

Promoted to a Renault race seat in 2003, from test driver last year, Fernando Alonso explains how this season will still be a learning process. Q: Are you impressed by the official launch of the R23, Fernando? Absolutely! The size of the ...

Promoted to a Renault race seat in 2003, from test driver last year, Fernando Alonso explains how this season will still be a learning process.

Q: Are you impressed by the official launch of the R23, Fernando?

Absolutely! The size of the operation, the level of professionalism, the number of people involved... everything has been pushed to the limit! That just makes my responsibility as a driver even bigger. Flavio is right to say that we mustn't simply think about our own goals: first of all, we are team members. And representatives of a major manufacturer.

Q: Signing up for a big team must be a dream for all young drivers. Right?

Fernando Alonso.
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Definitely. It's a real chance to have a competitive car and a good technical structure. It also means you can concentrate solely on your driving. I know Renault is a great opportunity for me. The company's record in F1 speaks for itself, and the progress that has been achieved in recent months has been a great confidence booster. I am very optimistic and determined to prove I deserve my place in the team.

Q: Was it hard not to be racing in 2002?

It was torture! Just like every other driver, I live to race. Having said that, I knew it was a temporary situation, and I learned a lot last year as test driver. I know how the Team works, and certain things are now just automatic for me. That's already an advantage for the new season. Jarno and I use similar set-ups as well.

Q: What is your goal for 2003?

I want to do well, but also take things one step at a time. I will be out to learn first and foremost. Jarno has a great deal of experience in F1, so I will try to benefit from that and I'll be ready to take any opportunity that comes my way. The main objective however is to take Renault forward; my personal ambitions come second to that.

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Drivers Fernando Alonso