Alonso Blog

What enthusiasm from the Chinese fans!

April 11, 2012 · Posted by Fernando Alonso

Here we are in Shanghai for the start of the third race weekend of the year. For sure, arriving here in China as the leader of the Championship is something I would never have expected, at least given the way winter testing went. It means we have done a good job, managing to make use of all the potential at our disposal and making the most of every opportunity. Since I first arrived in Maranello, at the start of 2010, I have seen the team grow a lot in all areas relating to track activity, from strategy to the work in the garage and at the pit stops.

I know I can count on a very strong group, which is very important and there is a great sense of purpose shared by all. We know our car is not at the level we had wanted going into this season, but everyone is reacting very well, everyone is very united, which is what you get with a real team that wants to reach its objectives.

I’m not expecting any surprises in this race, compared to what we saw in Australia and Malaysia. It’s true almost three weeks have gone by, but that does not mean there was enough time to completely turn the car around in such a short time: we will have a few small updates, but nothing particularly significant and on top of that, we can expect that the other teams will also bring some new parts.

Therefore, we won’t change our approach to this Grand Prix: to get a good result, we will need to concentrate on ourselves, trying to be perfect and to exploit every possibility that might come our way over the weekend.

I don’t want to come out with statements that our aim is to finish in this or that position, as these discussions are not worth the time spent on them. We will have to do the maximum and bring home as many points as possible: a bit like ants who start something one day, knowing it will produce something worthwhile in the future.

I’m expecting tomorrow to be a rather busy day, with various promotional and media activities, both at the track and outside it. China is a very important country for Ferrari and for its technical and commercial partners and the Formula 1 Grand Prix represents a unique opportunity, not to be missed.

Finally, if I had to draw a conclusion from what I’ve seen in the last 24 hours, I would say there is a great enthusiasm from the local people, especially the young ones. As you have been able to see on @alo_oficial, yesterday afternoon there was a huge crowd of boys and girls waiting for me at the airport and even outside the hotel. It’s always nice to experience the enthusiasm of the fans, especially so in a country where Formula 1 is not part of its history. It means the spectacle and excitement that our sport provides is still very attractive.


  • Wednesday, 11 Apr 2012 11:15
    by lupe
    Good luch for China Fernando, I hope you, Tomita, Felipe and the team had a great time there. Come back to Europe with a lot of points!. lupe.
  • Wednesday, 11 Apr 2012 12:52
    by kimcanada
    Hi Fernando Just read your blog. You don't have to worry about being perfect, because you already are :) I have been reading your tweets, and I have to say, you have a wonderful sense of humor, seems you love to have fun and laugh, so do I. I enjoy reading what you have to say, and you have made me laugh on many occasions. I think we would really get along. Oh well, in another life :) Love you Kim (Canada)
  • Wednesday, 11 Apr 2012 01:42
    by Jesus Martin
    Good Luck Fernando for the Chinese Grand Prix! You have already gone far beyond anyone expectations, which is not a surprise for the thousands of fans we follow you week after week. Thanks for making us our lives a little bit happier. All the best! regards from a Spaniard living in UK!
  • Wednesday, 11 Apr 2012 01:51
    by Rene
    Good luck for the race! Hopefully the car will be better soon.
  • Wednesday, 11 Apr 2012 01:58
    by Sue
    Fernando you are the best! You have a lot of supporters all over the world, not just China. Never mind some sour detractors and critics, they are only jealous of you. Do well and make us proud!!! Cheers!
  • Wednesday, 11 Apr 2012 02:25
    by NaNa Zhu
    Best wishes from China!I get courage and enthusiaism from you.You are my instructor in some senses.Good Luck!
  • Wednesday, 11 Apr 2012 02:52
    by daemia
    Wish you a great weekend and faster car. Good luck Champ!!
  • Wednesday, 11 Apr 2012 03:26
    by FasterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...Very nice to read your diary here. Love your great attitude always. We all know it's not easy this weekend, but each team member has been working very hard. We have to keep very positive. Enjoy your stay in Shanghai, wishing you the very best luck in Qualifying & race. Fingers crossed you will keep staying on top of the leaderboard...( ps. Can you please take Tomita with your victory trophy foto this time...^_^ Gracias..xoxoxo ) Vamos Fernando....FORZA#ALO..
  • Wednesday, 11 Apr 2012 04:26
    by Sarah
    Hola Fernando, your fans is the best in the world :D jaja. Promise you will be on the podium this week-end again. Because i'm happy when i see smile in your face. Never give up! You're our champion! Your best fan from Azerbaijan!! Sarah.
  • Wednesday, 11 Apr 2012 04:58
    by Glenda
  • Thursday, 12 Apr 2012 02:55
    by Adela
    Gooooood Luck in Shanghai this week,Fernando..Our Chinese fans are always with u....Hope u like the warm reception in the airport....VAMOS WORLD CHAMPION
  • Thursday, 12 Apr 2012 03:00
    by Rajesh Dodani
    Good luck for China and Bahrain, i hope bahrain grand prix goes as schedule without any problems. You very simply outstanding in Malaysia and with planned updates for Spain I hope you and Ferrari will find its winning ways back. Cheers
  • Thursday, 12 Apr 2012 04:02
    by angie
    Hi...Nando,Thanks 4 ur sharing bout daily activities.I wish u getting the best this week,than we can hear the Spanish anthem :) mil besos #with love from ur Indonesian fans
  • Thursday, 12 Apr 2012 08:29
    by Alberto
    Hi, Alonso we know you are the best driver and you stay into the best F1 team the championship is a question of time, because we know that the work and the magic come with you "de serie". Best regards - FUERZA desde España
  • Thursday, 12 Apr 2012 02:17
    by FasterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...Good luck in both practices tomorrow... We believe in your team will set up the most competitive car for you. TOMA..xoxoxoxo
  • Thursday, 12 Apr 2012 02:48
    by 钱小青
    welcome to china.I am chinese.i am in nanjing.fighting nano!!
  • Thursday, 12 Apr 2012 04:55
    good luck from Russian fans, Fernando!!
  • Friday, 13 Apr 2012 05:37
    by JudyBelg
    Good luck Sunday , as always I will be very nervous for you. So you can be calm and win.Good luck Judy
  • Friday, 13 Apr 2012 08:58
    by gogo
    good luck for ferrari this week end. it will be very tough for Felipe and Fernando but who knows; as we've seen in sepang ; unexpected victory due to the weather and mistakes made by the rivals. i hope that Massa will stand up and prove that he's still at top.
  • Friday, 13 Apr 2012 09:46
    by FasterEvaNano
    Hi usual practices on Friday., but you had a good run 32laps in FP2. We now keep fingers crossed for Qualifying tomorrow. Q3 and first 2 rows will be not too bad.. Go Fernando..xoxoxo
  • Friday, 13 Apr 2012 02:16
    you can succeed again^^
  • Friday, 13 Apr 2012 02:17
    by kimcanada
    Hi Sweetie Just a note to wish you luck this weekend. Please know that you are 12 hours ahead of me for this race, so it will be 2:00 in the morning here. No worries, I wouldn't miss it for the world. You are going to be great as always. So good luck, stay safe and have fun. Love you lots Kim (Canada)
  • Friday, 13 Apr 2012 10:31
    by Monika
    Good Luck, Fernando for the Chinese Grand Prix! I wish you a great weekend and a faster car. :-)) Greeting from Germany - Monika - @gingermaus (twitter) I love you and I wish you all the best! :-))))
  • Saturday, 14 Apr 2012 08:45
    by FasterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...through Q3 in Qualifying today., Good job.!! Tomorrow, there will be lots of things unpredictable, such as the weather, the track temperature also all battles on the track...etc. we never know what gonna happen, but we will keep very positive, with team's right strategies, crews excellent jobs plus your professional driving skill and your best fighting spirit. We know you will bring the most points home tomorrow once again. Go Fernando, AVANTI...xoxoxo
  • Saturday, 14 Apr 2012 09:03
    by Monika
    Dear Fernando! I Wish you a great weekend and a faster car.:-)) Good luck for the race in China. Greeting Monika (Germany)
  • Sunday, 15 Apr 2012 10:03
    by FasterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...what a interesting race today. Different strategy worked out very different result. Unfortunately the pace was not good enough to fight for the better position, but you still scored the very valuable points. Good fighter Fernando.. And now, we hope team will find some more pace for Bahrain GP next Sunday. Never give up...!! Forza Fernando... Love you...xoxoxoxo
  • Monday, 16 Apr 2012 11:25
    by kimcanada
    Hi Hey, I just listened to your interview, you sound so down and unhappy. You have nothing to be down about, you did everything possible in this race, and I am very proud of your effort. I know how hard you work every race, you give everything you have, and that is all anyone can ask of you. Things will get better, just believe that, I do. Get some rest and get ready for this weekend. Please be careful this weekend, please stay safe, and Fernando, please smile O.K. Love you lots Kim (Canada)


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