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Semana blanca: Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso opens Real Madrid Graduate School-European University's Semana Blanca

NEWS | 17/05/2021

"In sport, regardless of the discipline, you need to work hard, make sacrifices and be dedicated", declared the racing driver.
Fernando Alonso opened the Semana Blanca and addressed the students at the Real Madrid Graduate School-European University. In the opening ceremony, which was hosted by Emilio Butragueño, the two-time Formula 1 world champion and the Real Madrid honorary member explained that: "In sport, regardless of the discipline, you need to work hard, make sacrifices and be dedicated. You've got to live and breathe it. To make it to the top you also need talent and luck. I've been at the top of a sport for 25 years. I also wanted to try Le Mans, Daytona and Dakar... You've got to put in a lot of hours and work".

"The motivation and desire to compete are things that are deep rooted. My return to Formula 1 all came about during the pandemic. I was performing to a good standard and why wouldn't I want to enjoy the thing that I like the most, which is to have the steering wheel between my hands?

Keeping yourself at the top
"To be honest, what really maintains that ambition is the fact that I'm so competitive. I hate losing, even when I'm playing cards or when I'm with my nephew at home. That competitiveness is what keeps you going for so many years and drives you on to want more. It doesn't matter whether it's a tennis match or a football game, I prepare to win it was if it were a cup final".

"I'm really competitive and that's what keeps me going for so many years and drives you on to want more".

"The pressure is something that you learn to deal with. You need a pleasant environment and for your family to help you to enjoy yourself. But that competitive stress is inevitable. Throughout your career, you learn to manage it and save your energy for the really important things. It's a process that every athlete experiences. The pressure is there and nobody is born knowing everything".

Legacy
"I'd like people to remember me as a driver who always gave his all at all times. I've never kept anything back, there have been no big ups and downs during my career. Every time that I got behind the steering wheel, I've always given my all, as if it was my big moment. I hope to leave a legacy behind for future drivers".

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