Fernando Alonso has revealed that winning an F1 race feels the same as winning a go-kart race despite there being a substantial difference between the two motorsport categories.
Alonso has won 32 races in F1 as well as victories in other motorsports including the Le Mans 24 Hours. It's an experience that doesn't change no matter how big or small the championship is according to Alonso.
"Honestly, I feel the same way," Alonso told RacingNews365.com and other select members of the press. "I recently did some endurance go-kart races and it is the same [feeling] of winning a Formula 1 Grand Prix
"A win is a win. They have a different repercussions and different knowledge for the people.
"The Valencia 2012 one. In that moment, it felt fantastic, like all the victories. But then, after nine years people remember that that day and some of the victories, people forget. But inside they feel very similar.
"I personally enjoy the moment with mechanics with the team. I think about the hard work that you put behind any weekend that you succeed to win.
"The night of the race, maybe you have a glass of champagne or something with friends. But I mean is not a mathematic thing you keep changing depending of where you are and what you win."
Ahead of this weekend's Styrian Grand Prix, Alonso stated that he wants rain to arrive at the Red Bull Ring so he can got some more experience in the wet after rain fell for the first part of the Emilia Romagna GP. Since then, there has been no rain during qualifying or the race.
"It's true that in Imola we were racing in the rain," Alonso added. "But halfway through the race it was dry.
"It was the very first laps of the year in wet conditions because Bahrain was it was completely dry, obviously.
"Apparently there is some [rain] forecast this weekend for rain in practice. I need that. I need one free practice with rain so I'm not going directly on Sunday. So that will be another tick in the box."