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Plenty of good memories from Suzuka

October 6, 2010 · Posted by Fernando Alonso
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I arrived at Suzuka yesterday in the late afternoon and I received a surprise straightaway. The traditional Italian restaurant “Campanella”, that is popular with many Formula 1 people, doesn’t exist any more. That’s a pity because I’ve been going there since the first time I came to Suzuka at the end of the Nineties when I raced here in karts. I was in the same hotel that I am now and so many good memories of this circuit are linked directly to that first experience. Sure, there was also the success in 2006 which was crucial for my second world championship. I well know that race probably calls something unpleasant to mind for many people both inside and outside Ferrari but that’s racing: to win on this track gives a special emotion because it’s one of the hardest tracks in the world. To succeed here you need to have a car that is very strong from the aerodynamic point of view: in some ways it’s similar to Silverstone and to Barcelona. There’s a very special first section characterised by a very long first bend and a series of Esses that can have a major influence on the lap time if you don’t get them absolutely right. It’s a track that’s very demanding both on the technical side and when it comes to driving.

As I’ve already said in recent days, the F10 has proved it is competitive at very different tracks such as Monza and Singapore so there is no obvious reason why it shouldn’t be the same in Suzuka. But to start understanding where we really are, we will have to wait until Friday afternoon after we’ve gone through the first two sessions of free practice. I like Japan, it’s one of my favourite countries. I like it for the food and for the culture, both so different from our European traditions. And then there’s Tokyo, a very beautiful city that is always very interesting. To race at Suzuka is special also for the enthusiasm of the Japanese fans who are truly passionate. We hope to offer them a good show this weekend.
 
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  • Wednesday, 6 Oct 2010 09:59
    by Marta
    Hi Fe, Honey I think this race will be decisive pro league, I rely too much on your talent and believe in your victory! I want you on the podium and in the first place, you have to get everything! With each passing day you are more beautiful! I adore you! Good Luck! Kisses from your number 1 fan. Marta of Brazil.
  • Wednesday, 6 Oct 2010 10:33
    by
    Go Alonso we are all with you!!!
  • Wednesday, 6 Oct 2010 11:41
    by kimcanada
    Hi Fernando You sound great, so happy. I want to wish you luck this weekend. Stay calm, focused and determined. You can do it, and I am behind you all the way. Please stay safe, and remember, you are the best in the world. XXOOXOXOXOXXOXOXOXO love you lots Kim (Canda)
  • Wednesday, 6 Oct 2010 12:06
    by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...once again,we are always so happy that you share stories & memories with us...!! YES,the F10 is really competitive enough now...We just keep our fingers crossed and wishing you the best luck this weekend..We know you will win another victory.. 3 in the row...Go Fernando,Go FAster.....xoxo
  • Wednesday, 6 Oct 2010 01:30
    by Caroline Swanson
    I wish you reliability and speed at Suzuka Fernando, nobody does it better! Best wishes and love from Liverpool xx
  • Wednesday, 6 Oct 2010 02:11
    by Alan
    Go Fernando! Push like the hell! You are the best driver!
  • Wednesday, 6 Oct 2010 02:53
    by 舒行蓉
    hi,Fernando.best wishes
  • Wednesday, 6 Oct 2010 02:56
    by Jessica
    Hi, Nando. I know the race is crucial and the championship is getting more and more intense, but every occasion seeing you sitting in the Ferrari's cockpit, I feel confidence and truly believe in your triumph especially after the stunning Monza and Singapore GP. YEAH! You will clinch the victory this weekend with numerous fans cheering for you all the way! GO FIGHTING! A lot of love from Shanghai
  • Wednesday, 6 Oct 2010 03:04
    by
    I Saturday go to Suzuka by the bus. I think that Alonso wins successivly three.
  • Wednesday, 6 Oct 2010 03:59
    by kimcanada
    Hey Honey, I just remembered Sunday the date will be 10/10/10, and you are a 10, so it will be a lucky day for you. You know I love you so much, so have fun in Japan and I hope to see you drink from the MUMS bottle once again. Kisses and hugs, Kim (Canada)
  • Wednesday, 6 Oct 2010 04:01
    by
    We win the last 4 races we win the championship. GO Fernando!! Beijing,China
  • Wednesday, 6 Oct 2010 05:28
    by TIFOSI_FERRARI
    go Nando go, do the best, you are the one. Best wishes & love from ahmad
  • Wednesday, 6 Oct 2010 07:11
    by Ana Mª
    Best of luck this weekend! I just know that you can do it Fern...remember these my words...¡En Japón Campeón! Always with you, Ana (Murcia)
  • Wednesday, 6 Oct 2010 07:49
    by Fernando
    I remember when you had 13-years old and, before the annual Spanish Federation pricegivings, you were asked by the Federation personnel why you was not interested in knowing the proceedings for the ceremony you would be taken part in a couple of hours. You simply answered that you came there every year and you knew it already LOL! You was the best then and are the best now. Best wishes. Fernando from Madrid
  • Wednesday, 6 Oct 2010 08:50
    by Alison Hatfield
    Hi Fernando, I wish you so much luck for the weekend. I have faith that you will do well. I will be up so early at the weekend to watch both the quali and race live. Supporting you as always. Alison from Wales xx
  • Wednesday, 6 Oct 2010 08:56
    by carole London
    Hello Fernando Just to wish you luck for the weekend , stay calm and do your best. I have supported you for years and so hope you win the championship this year
  • Wednesday, 6 Oct 2010 08:58
    by
    We love You, Fernando, You are the BEST! You will win the championship! I believe in You. <3 Viktoria, Hungary
  • Wednesday, 6 Oct 2010 09:14
    by
    I wish you could win again. There're lots of things in my mind, but I say only one word: GOOOOO! Good luck...really. Forza Ferrari. L. from Hungary
  • Wednesday, 6 Oct 2010 10:54
    by Alex
    Forza Fer-rrari.Go Alonso go.
  • Thursday, 7 Oct 2010 04:24
    by Camila
    Hi Fernando, Japan Grand Prix is one of my favorite races. I think Suzuka one of the best tracks, it's more competitive and exciting!!! This race is specially, 'cause I have a little Japanese blood (my father is Japanese). I hope that F10 will have a good performance in Suzuka! Go Alonso! Go Ferrari! Go Faster! Good Luck in Suzuka! Best wishes! Camila from Brazil!
  • Thursday, 7 Oct 2010 04:43
    by Nagore
    Best wishes champion!!
  • Thursday, 7 Oct 2010 08:34
    by joshua
    well done in Singapore!!! ferrari has done improvment for the cars in motion!!!..i was there at skysuite pit striaight!!...excellent drive!!!...Go get more wins!! and podium finishes!... GOOD DRIVE! GOOD WIN! AND GOOD RACE! Joshua singapore
  • Thursday, 7 Oct 2010 09:59
    by
    good luck in suzuka we want the title alonso
  • Thursday, 7 Oct 2010 11:53
    by luke
    Slice your rivals like a true Ferrari Samurai. He, he, maybe too melodramatic but you get the point. Good luck!.
  • Thursday, 7 Oct 2010 12:56
    by bibis
    Go nano....you know very well to win in difficult and hard situation like this!!we trust you and be with you!!
  • Thursday, 7 Oct 2010 02:03
    by Mami
    Hi Fernando, I am impressed by your power and efforts.I wish your success in Japan as well. I'm always be rooting for you.You will win the championship.Good luck! Love from Japan.
  • Thursday, 7 Oct 2010 02:26
    by Aziz
    Good luck Conquistador.Best wishes from Sarajevo,Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Thursday, 7 Oct 2010 03:33
    by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...Less than 11 hours to go for the Practice 1 & 2...Hope you and your engineers will have the best result for your F10...Good Luck for today...!!!
  • Thursday, 7 Oct 2010 03:42
    by MCTAN
    Good luck Fernando, you will win in Suzuka again. I believe in you. From M'sia.
  • Thursday, 7 Oct 2010 04:54
    by Luisa Cambras
    Hola Ferito … and so … the Suzuka circuit beckons provocatively … she throws down her gauntlet to you once again and asks “how much do you want it Fernando … have you got what it takes??” … she will test and tease you and demand your respect … she will seduce you with her voluptuous curves and make you lust after that longed-for trophy … she’ll dare you to defeat all your rivals and dazzle the crowd … She will invite you to brush against her red (and white) lips whilst all the time whispering “you can do it Fernando … you can do it!” … she’ll tempt you to glide gently over her surface … round and round like a circle in a spiral … again and again over the bumps … past the pitlane … across the finish line … flags … banners … cheers … waves … whispers … (ohh I should have been a poet Ferito ha! ha!). Four laps to go and the suspense is excruciating … three and it’s breathless tension … two more and the anticipation is exquisite (in both senses of the word) … the closing lap and yes yes safely past the final finish line … ahhhhh to achieve the ultimate ‘hat-trick’ here at your old familiar favourite Suzuka track would be a real coup (a fantastic feat/masterstroke/ achievement) … so you go out there and show them what you’re made of Ferito and give us another stunning demonstration of your skill, competence and finesse … chalk-up another well-deserved and hard-fought-for victory!!! Thanks to you (and possibly a little help from me and a few others) a new era in Formula One is dawning (yey!) … I will blow you a kiss for good luck when the last red light goes on and I will be there with you in spirit when you celebrate after the race but meanwhile stay sanguine and confident … relax … smile … breathe deeply and look forward to your intimate rendezvous with ‘Suzuka’ … your date with destiny … mi campeon … mi heroe!! !Que lo pases bien! … de Linda
  • Thursday, 7 Oct 2010 05:07
    by Shathiso Ntibi
    Goodluck.. Fernando, just like all your other fans i wish you all the best without any incidents, and i know your great in the rain so i hope that plays in your favour... Your simply the best.. and a force not to be messed with.. this year is yours.. keep that killer instinct.. and that determination matched by no one.. Goodluck...!!!!
  • Thursday, 7 Oct 2010 06:58
    by Edit
    Hola Fernando!Come on!!!You can do it,because you are FERNANDO ALONSO,the best champion!!! We support you!!! Best wishes:Edit from Hungary.
  • Friday, 8 Oct 2010 05:07
    by Mario Tarantino
    Forza Ferrari!!!! Go Alonso Go!!! The title hopes rest on your shoulders. Looking forward to a Ferrari victory in Japan. Be watching you all weekend from Mauritius - Forza Alonso!!!Mario Tarantino
  • Friday, 8 Oct 2010 08:57
    by
    Good luck, Fernando! You are the best! Best wishes from Belarus!
  • Friday, 8 Oct 2010 10:23
    by mimi
    Hey Fernando, your fans are great and I hope you do read all the messages posted to your attention. Bravo Linda, what an inspired message!I just saw that one of my countryman even sent you a post from Mauritius. Really, as you already know, your fans are all over the world. Suzuka!!Make it happen Fernando, you can, yes you can, we are all with you and you will be champion again! Good luck and all the best from your neighbouring fans in CH!!
  • Friday, 8 Oct 2010 03:59
    by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...with the wet conditions in Qualifying,please drive safely..Keep focused and Calm,The Best luck to you and your team...!! yours supporters always...:)
  • Saturday, 9 Oct 2010 07:32
    by OXTOO YOU
    Hi Alonso I believe you can do it! Goooooooo.......Alonsooooo...... Goooooooo.......FERRARiiii...... Good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Saturday, 9 Oct 2010 12:35
    by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...It will be really rush with Qualifying and Race only 5 hours different tomorrow..,But we all know you and your team will handle really good..,we are so looking forward another brilliant race also the team works..Keeping our fingers crossed to you and your F10...Forza F1's Hero,Forza Fernando..!! love you from Taiwan & Australia..!!!
  • Saturday, 9 Oct 2010 07:51
    by Nada
    hi Nando ,, i wish you all the best for this weekend .... i know you can win this race ..... I believe in You "Bahrain"
  • Sunday, 10 Oct 2010 09:08
    by Mariella
    Thanks,Fernando.GREAT RACE ! -Mariella-
  • Sunday, 10 Oct 2010 09:14
    by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano.........TOMA TOMA TOMA....Great finished in P3 on the podium...Congratulations!!.,It's a very exciting race today.,and you kept really good pace in whole race...,We are all very happy for you and your team!! Gracias Fernando,you did fantastic job with your F10 !!! Forza...Love from your FAsters.....:)))..(PS,please take a good rest tonight,as it's really a long day for you..)
  • Sunday, 10 Oct 2010 09:59
    by Mark Stephens
    Dear Fernando, You are in the right spot and time ton take the championship! Congratulations, our continued support and keep up the focus and concentration!
  • Sunday, 10 Oct 2010 10:03
    by
    Congratulations Fernando!
  • Sunday, 10 Oct 2010 04:15
    by kimcanada
    Well done honey, this must have been very difficult for you, with qualifiing and racing in the same day. You did a fantastic job today, it was so nice to see you smile once again, and I just love the wave and the thumbs up! Please have a good rest now, take good care of you, and I hope the next race is yours. I want to say how sorry I am for the loss of the Italian soliders, I know Cananda loses them on a regualar basis, and it is just such an awful war. I will keep their families in my prayers, and hope that this war ends soon. It is so tragic what is happening over there. Anyway, enjoy your victory, you may have been third today, but you are still number one in my heart. Stay safe Fernando, love you lots Kim (Canada)
  • Monday, 11 Oct 2010 11:09
    by Marta
    Dear Fe, the race was wonderful, as usual you show your talent, with a car much less potent than Red Bull and coming in third! Congratulations! You're the best! I adore you too! Kisses. Marta of Brazil.
  • Monday, 11 Oct 2010 11:47
    by willy
    Well done Fernando ! red bull's drivers were so fast this week in SUZUKA ! Your third place was your best chance for this race ! You could third and you did it ! you're still in the championship race! good luck Fernando for the race in KOREA ! we believe in you and your talent ! willy from BERGERAC in FRANCE
  • Monday, 11 Oct 2010 03:16
    by Caroline Swanson
    No worries Fernando, that was the maximum you could have expected realistically. You are definitely improving the car, so congratulations on more points! Love from Liverpool xx
  • Monday, 11 Oct 2010 10:08
    by dbg [HUN]
    Congratulations Fernando!
  • Tuesday, 12 Oct 2010 03:45
    by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...Hope you can relax little bit before the Korean GP,as the Game is on and Pressure is even higher.,but same as you and your team always say " Concentrate yourself,keep focused ,keep calm and cool " then you will achieve your 3rd title..We want to see the big big smiling face on you same as in 2005 and 2006...We all believe in you can do it,because you are our FAster Man,you are the DOUBLE WORLD CHAMPION,and you are FERNANDO ALONSO..!!....Supporting you,love you always...xoxoxo
  • Tuesday, 12 Oct 2010 02:49
    by Miwa
    ☆Nano who loves☆ Japanese grand prix And, the pit walk before it held it ‥ It was able to meet you of far existence after an interval of one year. The weather that changes bewilderingly. ・・・Very. Congratulations on 3rd place and winning a prize. Thank you for saying that it will like Japan. It will assist in the future for a long time. [Miwa] from Japan
  • Tuesday, 12 Oct 2010 04:43
    by Luisa Cambras
    OHHH Ferito … you printed my ditty about Suzuka (I’m so excited ha! ha!) … not much time today and so much I want to say to you (still haven’t acquired my memory stick yet?) … firstly my congratulations on your ‘podium finish’ … you drove another great race considering that the Red Bull cars are (allegedly?) half to one second faster than your F10? You didn’t pass the finish line 6, 10, 12, or 14 seconds behind the two leaders you were right there with Vettel and Webber with only (at most) a couple of seconds between you all as you passed the post and you virtually stayed with them for the entirety of the race ... so bravo and well done again …

 

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