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Alonso wants to match Senna

ESPN Staff
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Fernando Alonso believes it is too early to think about the drivers' championship this season © Sutton Images
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Championship leader Fernando Alonso has revealed that he wants to match Ayrton Senna's total of three world titles.

Alonso won back-to-back championships with Renault in 2005 and 2006, but missed out when close to securing his third title with Ferrari in 2010. Now holding a 34-point lead in the standings over Mark Webber, Alonso said that he was pleased with how the first half of the season had gone but that it was too early to think about winning the championship for a third time - though it remains his dream.

"At the moment we are happy with the points achieved in the first half but we need to keep working hard, we need to keep consistent and we need to keep getting good results," Alonso said. "This can change very quickly in two or three races and then we're talking about different races so there's not much point to talk about the championship now.

"But as I said when I finished in Brazil in 2006, it's a dream for me to win three world championships in my career. If that could be this year, in two years' time or six years' time I don't know, but the thir done will be very important for me. To have the same as Ayrton had - three world championships - he was my idol and my reference when I was in go karts. Three's a pretty good number that I dreamed of always and will hopefully arrive at before late."

Alonso added that his lead had something to do with his consistency in scoring points at every race so far, saying that more incidents are occurring that have an influence on the outcome of races due to the close nature of the field.

"The grid is so tight, so in one tenth you have four or five cars. In the races we are all more or less in the same performance, it's not like last year when there were six cars and then another group of cars and then a different group again. This year every detail counts, every pit-stop counts, the start, so I think there's a little bit more stress on the grid or between all of us. We've been lucky in some moments of the championship, in some manoeuvres and some incidents. We've been finishing all the races in the points which obviously helps us, but we need to keep going like this and hopefully have a trouble-free season."