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No predictions for Istanbul

May 4, 2011 · Posted by Fernando Alonso

I arrived in Istanbul this evening along with the team on the usual charter flight that we use for European races. I was in Maranello from Monday night onwards: we had programmed some work in the simulator to prepare for these first few races of the European part of the season and so it was the perfect opportunity to meet up with the engineers to discuss how development is coming on with the 150° Italia. Already in Turkey, we will have a few new aerodynamic components, but further updates are due to arrive in the following races. We know we have to take a significant step forward in terms of performance if we want to get back to fighting for the top places, especially in qualifying. I’m not expecting a major change in Istanbul: on Friday we will see if the new parts work the way we are expecting, but we are well aware that the others have not been twiddling their thumbs these past few weeks, so it’s impossible to say today where we are compared to our main rivals.

We’ve had a slightly longer break than usual and it was useful to pause for breath after the first run of races outside Europe. I made the most of it to spend time with my family, but also to concentrate on upping my training level, working mainly on the bike.

The Istanbul circuit is very technical, with many different types of corner, some serious ups and downs and a couple of places where overtaking was possible in the past: this year that should be even more the case thanks to the moveable rear wing. This element has proved to play an important part in making overtaking easier, but the factor that has the biggest effect on whether one driver can pass another is the difference in tyre performance, as we clearly saw in China. When you end up in trouble with the tyres, it gets very difficult to defend your position from another driver, even if his tyres are just a few laps fresher than yours. Usually, the Istanbul race is pretty demanding on tyres and so it will be very important to get an understanding of their behaviour in Friday’s free practice. At the moment, the weather forecast looks very uncertain, especially for Friday, which adds a further unknown to this weekend.

I don’t want to make any predictions about the final result: we know it will be tough for us, but the will to work hard and to do well is not lacking. I saw that these past few days in Maranello where everyone is working very hard, from Domenicali to the mechanics, so that everyone can get on top of the situation in their own area as soon as possible. It is this great desire to get the job done that makes the people at Maranello so special.


  • Wednesday, 4 May 2011 07:40
    by Shathiso Ntibi
    Hello Fernando.. wishing you all the best for the upcoming race.. I know that your motivated to do your best. Show everyone who is the best, hoping to see you on the podium.. from shathiso in Botswana
  • Wednesday, 4 May 2011 07:41
    by Alberto
    Glad to hear from you Fernando! I wish you the best for the upcoming race in Turkey. Even if the car is not ready yet to compete for the win, we know you'll get 110% of it and bring home good points. Don't hesitate for a moment that we are with you and Ferrari. That will be the case all the way. Best wishes from Asturias! Alberto
  • Wednesday, 4 May 2011 10:03
    by Mia
    Hello Fernando ! I don´t think you have to be worried,I am think you can catch up on the drivers as have more points than you. I belive in you and the Ferrari Team. May the force be with you !:)) Best wishes for you at the Turkey Grand Prix! Hugs, Mia :)
  • Thursday, 5 May 2011 03:38
    by 'Amirah
    As a true fan, I believe in you. All the best for the race.Vamosss Alonso!
  • Thursday, 5 May 2011 05:46
    by Camila
    Hi Fernando, I hope with the new aerodynamic components, the F150º Italia will have a better performance. I trust in work of the engineers. I hope that you win many points in Turkey! Go Alonso! Go Ferrari! Go F150º Italia! Good Luck in Turkey! Best wishes! Camila from Brazil.
  • Thursday, 5 May 2011 07:49
    by Caroline Swanson
    Let's hope that the new parts move you further up the grid. Best of luck for the whole weekend Fernando. Love from Liverpool xx
  • Thursday, 5 May 2011 09:02
    by Adil
    Finger crossed for the evolutions in Turkey !! Anyway I have my tickets for Catalonia GP and I hope that until then a step forward will be done !! Forza Ferrari !! Cheers from France
  • Thursday, 5 May 2011 10:57
    by Goran
    Hi Fernando, I missed F1 for these past three weeks and I can't wait to see if there is improvment to the F-150-Italia. I hope the team worked hard to give you the pace you deserve to get the car in front of everybody else:) Wishing you good luck and a good car (you are going to need it) Goran
  • Thursday, 5 May 2011 06:15
    by kim canada
    Hi Thumbs up to you!! I'll be with you all the way, GOOD LUCK LOVE YOU :) Kim (CANADA)
  • Friday, 6 May 2011 08:40
    by Monika
    Dear Fernando, i wish you all the best for the GP in Istanbul. Good Luck, you make it! I think of you on Sunday :-)) Best wishes from Monika.
  • Friday, 6 May 2011 11:19
    by nereaf1
    Hi Fernando, I wish you good luck for this race, I'm sure we'll see you on the podium ;)
  • Saturday, 7 May 2011 07:23
    by Nagore
    Best wishes!!!
  • Saturday, 7 May 2011 06:15
    by Mariella
    Hi Fernando. I take concern if you say 'no predictions' because I KNOW how much smart and clear/aware you are.. Of course,the BEST thoughts and wishes for tomorrow.Be strong,quiet,FOCUSED and ever aware,and..let's hope for the better.. GO FERRARI ! -Mariella-
  • Sunday, 8 May 2011 12:35
    by MarcL
    My prediction: Fernando podium. Just keep faithful. You're the best!
  • Sunday, 8 May 2011 03:31
    by FasterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...Congratulations.....!!!! What a brilliant performance are our hero, you are our champion, and you are a true fighter, also you are simply the best....Thanks Fernando, we really need something to cheer us up., and you just made our day so beautiful ( I am so happy I managed to write to you here )...xoxoxoxo.....Big thanks to all team members too., Bravo.,Bravo, you, support you always from TWN & AUS....
  • Sunday, 8 May 2011 05:10
    by Kimcanada
    CONGRATS FERNANDO!!!!! You were amazing today, I knew you could do it, again you showed why you are the best. I think the Red Bull guys fear you. You did a fantastic job today, it was so good to see you feeling so happy and confident. Things can only get better from here. I can't wait for the next race, I can't wait to see you again. Thank you so much for the hard work you did today, the race was very exciting to watch. I hope you can relax a little now and feel happy. I am honestly sending you the biggest hug ever, I hope you can feel it. Love you, Love you, Kim (Canada)
  • Sunday, 8 May 2011 06:27
    by Aneesha
    I knew you would do well. Congratulations on a well-deserved 3rd place!! Now to take the win in Spain. =D Aneesha (UK) xx
  • Sunday, 8 May 2011 10:18
    by Mia Jacobson
    Hi Fernando ! What a great race ! Congratulations to you ! I´m so happy.. :-)) Take care ! Kind regards, Mia
  • Monday, 9 May 2011 11:37
    by Ezekiel Zweck
    Fernando, great driving on Sunday. Nice to see two drivers - you and Mark Webber - driving hard, having a real good race, but not forcing each other off the track - hard but fair, the way good racing should be. Congratulations!
  • Monday, 9 May 2011 07:31
    by modrescu
    Fernando you are the best!!! I hope that Ferrari team will give you a much competitive car with Red fight for the championship title, not only for podiums...(salutari din Romania)
  • Tuesday, 10 May 2011 01:46
    by joshua
    alonso! well done! on 3rd place like you said..there much to do...the next race..must be 1st on podium..there is a lot more work to do..have to keep it up i must admit the points are way seems ferrari is far away!..but move up! step up! level up! and go for the big win! win!! win! win!! 1st!
  • Tuesday, 10 May 2011 09:45
    by Ashwin
    Dear Fernando! Great Race from you. What a performance, Amazing. You push really hard. Deserves to win. If you were at similar pace where red bull are, you would have won Turkey. Congratulations, Your's Die Hard Fan, Ashwin - from Mumbai, India
  • Tuesday, 10 May 2011 02:02
    by Nizla
    Alonso, you were fantastic in Turkey and it goes to show that Ferrari are back! Good luck for Spain and I know being on home ground would give you added strength! :) Niz from Sri Lanka
  • Tuesday, 10 May 2011 05:56
    by Luisa Cambras
    Ohhhh Ferito … what a great race… of course the start was a joy to watch for me because you fended off Button’s attempts to push you off the track and pass you just after the first corner … and then Hamilton (even though he had the racing line) went wide trying to defend against Webber which allowed Mark, you and Jenson to sail past him (yey that was just wonderful to watch because as you know I have a point to prove with Hamilton’s starts when he’s not on pole or the 1st row?!?). And then later in the final laps my heart almost stopped several times when you and Mark jousted with each other for the 2nd podium … you did really well mi carino and I have lots more to tell you about the race (and hopefully more time tomorrow) but suffice for me to say here that your relief was palpable and I was so happy to see you finally up on the podium where you belong … got to dash sweetie …
  • Tuesday, 10 May 2011 08:18
    by Mariella
    Hi FER ! You have been VERY GREAT !!! Very ABLE ! Kisses...... GOOD LUCK FERRARI ! -Mariella-
  • Thursday, 2 Jun 2011 07:33
    by Ozge
    I hope next year turkish grand prix will be in calender and I am sure you will be first in turkey too i will be praying for this you are the best we love you so much fernando best wishes from Turkey


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