Alonso eyes third title

Fernando Alonso says that only a third world championship will do this year as Renault pull the wraps off their new car, the R29, in Portugal.

The double world champion pulled Renault out of the barrels in 2008 salvaging a disastrous start to the season with back-to-back wins in Singapore and Japan.

Now, with sweeping regulation changes expecting to level the field in 2009, the Spaniard has his sights set firmly on a third world championship with Renault.

“At the moment I think Flavio and me, the whole team is really optimistic, and I think there is only one target for this 2009 championship, which is winning the drivers’ championship and winning the Constructors’ Championship,” Alonso told reporters at the end of testing at the Algarve circuit, according to autosport.com.

“Both championships are the target. Everybody is focused on this and all the results that we have from the wind tunnel, the engine dyno, everything is more optimistic that we expected.”

“The results are better than we predicted so everybody is quite motivated. But you never know. You need a few factors to be champion at the end of the year, but hopefully I think for the first race we will be able to fight for the podium at least.”

“If we don’t need the championship it will be a disappointing season. Obviously if after three or four races you are nowhere then you have to change your targets, but now in January you have to be really, really optimistic and we are now.”