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Alonso would take a win over second in the standings

ESPNF1 Staff
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Fernando Alonso: "I would prefer to win one of the five remaining races than to finish second in the championship" © Getty Images
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Fernando Alonso has revealed that his main priorities for the rest of the season are race wins and development work for the 2012 Ferrari.

Alonso can no longer win the title and recently said he is targeting second in the championship, but ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix he admitted that another race win would mean more.

"I don't think second or third or fifth changes much, because after a couple of months you forget completely about that," he said. "I would prefer to win one of the five remaining races than to finish second in the championship, to be honest. Hopefully in one or two of these last races, let's hope we have a car that is competitive enough to allow us to challenge for the top place.

"We will also be trying to learn something for next year, by introducing new parts on the car in these remaining races. But like I said, we are competitive people and I don't see anyone in the Ferrari garage looking happy at being third or fourth with others ahead of us. Everyone in the team is as focused as if this was the last race and we were fighting for the title."

And he said he is still fully motivated to go out and get the best possible result this weekend.

"I always feel motivated because when you are a Formula One driver it means you are a competitive person: I don't like cars overtaking me, I like to overtake cars," Alonso added. "I don't like to be on the third or fourth row of the grid, I want to be on pole position and this is why there is always a motivation to keep pushing. Now, it's just the same, in that I want to win and I want to be on pole position. I know it might not be possible at the moment, given our current performance level, but you always have the hope you can do it. For the remaining five races we will try to do our best, trying to finish in the highest position possible."