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Last Updated: Sunday, 25 September 2005, 20:13 GMT 21:13 UK
Alonso celebrates historic title
Fernando Alonso with the drivers' championship trophy

Renault's Fernando Alonso is already dreaming of more glory after becoming Spain's first world drivers' champion.

"I am the youngest champion in Formula One and now I need to find new targets because this one is done," said the 24-year-old from Oviedo.

"This is very important for me, my friends, my country and my family.

"It was always a dream to win the Formula One title. It's the maximum that I have ever achieved in my life. It was a dream come true."

Alonso's historic success also marked the end of Michael Schumacher's five-year reign as F1 champion - a fact not lost on the Spaniard.

I fought alone because I have not had any help from anybody all throughout my career
Fernando Alonso
"Everyone wants to beat Michael on the track because it is the same as beating (Lance) Armstrong in the Tour de France," added Alonso, who finished third at Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix - one place ahead of Schumacher.

"To beat Michael this year was really an extra happiness for me."

Schumacher was also pleased to see his crown find a familiar home at the former Benetton team, which was bought by Renault in 2002.

The 36-year-old German won the championship twice with the Enstone-based squad between 1994 and 1995.

Ferrari driver Schumacher said: "I very much would like to congratulate them. They have done a very good job over the whole season, Fernando and the guys around him.

"I have just met one of the mechanics (Jonathan Wheatley) from my time there. He is now the chief mechanic, and he was close to tears.

"It is really touching to see them after they have had to wait 10 years to again win the championship. It was really nice and I am happy for them.

"They have done a good job. The time when I was thinking about the title is over already because it was some weeks ago."

Alonso said he was proud of how much hard work he had put into earn the title.

"It is a very emotional day for me," he said. "I came from country with no tradition in Formula One and I fought alone basically because I have not had any help from anybody all throughout my career."

"I arrived in Formula One thanks to the results in the previous categories. "Now I think this title is the maximum I can achieve in my life and in my career and it's thanks to three or four people, not more than that."

Proof of how much impact his victory has had in Spain came shortly after the race, when a official statement of congratulation was released on behalf of King Juan Carlos.

"Juan Carlos expressed his great happiness and has proffered his warmest congratulations in his name, that of the queen and the royal household and all Spaniards as this is a great day for the Spanish people," it said.

The King turned up at the Spanish Grand Prix in May to cheer on the Oxford-based driver who was recently awarded one of Spain's top sporting honours, the Asturias Prize.





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