When Fernando Alonso said "I don't like to finish second", it summed up what it takes to win and stick to a racing seat with Formula One's most celebrated team -- Ferrari.
Ferrari, the oldest surviving team, is statistically the most successful in F1 history with a record of 15 drivers' championships and 16 constructors' championships.
"Not only in F1, whether it is golf or a game of tennis. I don’t like to finish second. I don't speak to my teammate for a week," Alonso, the Ferrari driver, who is one of the leading contenders for second spot this season, said to a select group of journalists in an interaction ahead of the maiden Indian Grand Prix on Sunday.
The drivers' championship has already been sealed by Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel but there is a fierce fight for second place among McLaren's Jenson Button (222), Alonso (212) and Red Bull's Mark Webber (209).
Asked about motivation level when drivers already know that they can't win the championship, Alonso said there is no chance of letting the intensity drop.
"Ferrari is extremely competitive. People work for 16-17 hours a day, Mechanics work 20 hours a day. There is enough motivation for Sunday and the target is always to win," the twice World champion said as just three races are left in the season.
Alonso was the youngest F1 driver to win a pole position and a Grand Prix, in 2003, at the age of 22. He also became the youngest drivers' champion in 2005 and then the youngest double winner, the following year.