Alonso Still Feeling Numb

Fernando Alonso has admitted that he is having trouble coming to terms with his World Championship success

Alonso Still Feeling Numb

The Renault driver, who clinched the title with third place in the Brazilian Grand Prix, believes it will take him a few more days to fully accept his success.

"I still find it hard to believe that it is true, that it has actually happened," he said on Tuesday in a team interview. "I can't really feel anything at the moment but I think it will come slowly.

"I have achieved my dream, the thing I have been fighting for since I was three years old. This is the maximum in my life, but I have not had time to think about it yet. Slowly, moments from my career will come back to me. I am sure it will happen in the next few days."

Alonso, who arrived in England this morning from Brazil, has also expressed an element of surprise about how big the celebrations in Spain were - with the Brazilian GP proving to be the country's most watched television programme of the year. His hometown of Oviedo also threw a massive party on Sunday night.

"I was told that 50,000 people celebrated my win! They were dancing in the fountain in the city centre, and even in Madrid as well," he said. "I am very proud of that and want to say a big thank-you to all of them.

"I have missed a lot of things in life, made a lot of sacrifices and worked very hard. The people and their celebration are the reward for that. I like being a showman too: I drive so that people can enjoy watching the races. And I haven't finished yet!"

And with the fight for the Constructors' Championship not yet resolved, Alonso has warned rivals McLaren that he will likely be more aggressive in the final two races of the year than he has been in recent races.

"I don't think that things will change so much, because the gap to McLaren is still big," he added. "But if you think about when Montoya overtook me in the (Brazilian) race, I didn't take any risks on Sunday.

"It will be different in Suzuka. I will be more aggressive with how I use the engine, the tyres, every part of the car."

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