Alonso Blog

We want to make another step forward

June 8, 2011 · Posted by Fernando Alonso

After a brief cycle of races in Europe, here we are again on another long intercontinental voyage, this time heading West. The Montreal race is one of the most popular with the drivers and the teams: the city is very welcoming and the people are very interested in Formula 1, to the extent that the grandstands are already busy on Friday.

I arrived yesterday evening and this afternoon I popped down to the track to meet up with the team. I found that the boys were in good spirits, wanting to demonstrate here that Monte Carlo wasn’t a flash in the pan. There is promise that it can happen. Even though it has some very fast stretches, the Canadian track suits cars which can jump over the kerbs without losing too much balance and cars that have good traction on the exits of the slow corners. Those are both characteristics that are among the strong points of the 150° Italia.

Here aerodynamic efficiency, which is our Achilles Heel at the moment, is less important and so we think we can have more chance to fight for the top places. Brakes are another fundamental factor on this circuit: we will need to work hard during free practice to understand the correct level of cooling in order to avoid the risk of problems in the race.

In Montreal we will again have the two soft tyre compounds prepared by Pirelli: the Soft and the Supersoft. Last year this was one of the few races in which we saw more pit stops than the traditional one-stop because the degradation of the tyres is quite high. Even though the Pirellis are different to the Bridgestones, I don’t think we will see anyone manage to get to the end of the race with only one tyre change, as we saw in Monaco. As we have seen this year, it will be important to pick the right moment for the pit stop so as not to lose too much time compared to your direct rivals.

For the first time this year we will have two places where it will be possible to use the DRS on Sunday: the first is after the apex of Turn 10, the second on the pit straight. I’m interested to see what will happen: on paper whoever manages to pass in the first zone will then have a big advantage because they will be able to use the movable wing again on the main straight, even though they are ahead of the car they are battling.

Last year I managed to make the podium but we left Montreal with a definite sensation of having deserved more than our eventual third place. There were a couple of episodes that didn’t go well for us that prevented us from picking up the win that was within our reach. We also had the chance to win at Monaco ten days ago and it would have been good to have won there because wins have now eluded us for too long. It remains very difficult because I expect McLaren and Red Bull to be very strong but we must not count anything out.

The second third of the season is starting and the situation in the championship is far from favourable. It’s true that there are still many races to go but it’s clear that we must try to find a catalyst for this title chase in terms of points. We hope to start straightaway, on a track that carries the name of one of the drivers who is most loved by Ferrari’s tifosi: Gilles Villeneuve.


  • Thursday, 9 Jun 2011 12:39
    by Hannah-Marie
    Good luck this weekend Fernando. Whatever happens, we know you'll have driven your heart out!
  • Thursday, 9 Jun 2011 01:42
    by joshua
    Alonso! go WIN WIN WIN! go fast , go faster and go fastest and quicker and win the montreal race!..go get the big win ferrari top ace!
  • Thursday, 9 Jun 2011 03:33
    by lupe
    Good luck for Canada Fernando!, it's time to collect that precious P1 on Sunday, go for it.
  • Thursday, 9 Jun 2011 05:30
    Alonso, you are the catalyst that can change Ferrari's title hopes this year! :) Good luck in Canada this weekend. I hope it will be a bright day with you on the top step of the podium! Good luck! Niz from Sri Lanka
  • Thursday, 9 Jun 2011 08:53
    by Caroline Swanson
    Hola Sunshine! 3 weeks in the gorgeous Pyrenees has done me the world of good. Now i wish you an incident free race weekend Fernando, and hope that you get back to winning ways. Love from Liverpool xx
  • Thursday, 9 Jun 2011 11:38
    by joe Officer
    To a fellow Ferrari driver ( My oneFerrari 430 F1 Spider) great effort in Monte Carlo Fernando Keep up the good work in Canada Regards Joe Officer Scotland
  • Thursday, 9 Jun 2011 11:39
    by Kimcanada
    Hi Honey WELCOME TO CANADA!!!! I am so glad you are here. I hope you enjoy your stay, and I hope you can have a great result this weekend. I know you will be amazing as always, I can't wait for this race, You have all of my support Stay safe please Hugs and kisses Love you lots Kim (Canada) (PS Hey, while you are here, you should watch the Stanley Cup finals between Vancover and Boston, it is a best of 7 series and it is tied right now at 2 games a piece. I think you will like it, so watch O.K.)
  • Thursday, 9 Jun 2011 12:49
    by Szabó Balázs
    Dear Fernando! It doesn't matter which position you are racing for, I always enjoy your driving. As I have already mentioned here a couple of times, I have considered you the best driver by far for a couple of years. I really hope you will get onto the podium and will make all of your fans happy! Have a good time in Canada! I am counting back the days till the Hungarian GP, which will be my best weekend in the whole year! Finger crossed and good luck to you!
  • Thursday, 9 Jun 2011 02:25
    Hello Fernando.As you said the Canadian track suits car, the double zone of the DRS is a very promising factor,so you can overtake every car that is in frond of you.Everything gonna be as we expect and you will be the winner. Good luck!Eleni from Greece
  • Thursday, 9 Jun 2011 04:33
    by Konstantin
    Hello Fernando! Good luck in Canada. Konstantin Russia.
  • Thursday, 9 Jun 2011 05:34
    by samuel abayateye
    fernando please let them now what the red speedster is made up of.
  • Thursday, 9 Jun 2011 07:42
    by Shathiso Ntibi
    Hello fernando.. goodluck this weekend.. Hopefully the car will be better, so that you can show off your incredible talents.. from shathiso in Botswana
  • Thursday, 9 Jun 2011 07:55
    by FasterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...Congratulations the 2nd on the podium in Manaco GP., I missed your great performance in last 2 GPs, I miss you very very much..but now I am back here..^_^...Fernando, we will never give up the championship until the end and we know you will always fight very hard in each moment..Good luck in all practices, Qualifying and race this weekend. Keep smiling, keep positive.!! Support you and love you always...:) TOMA
  • Thursday, 9 Jun 2011 09:10
    by ana
    GOOD LUCK FERN, SEE YOU ON THE TOP OF THE PODIUM!! I'll be with you all the way, pushing as hard as l can, as all your fans will, to take you to victory. luv you, never change! ana
  • Friday, 10 Jun 2011 08:09
    I'll be all weekend following your progress and I believe the 150 Italia will be competitive here to fight for the win. Fernando, you'll win! Alberto from Asturias
  • Friday, 10 Jun 2011 04:58
    by 'Amirah
    All the best Alonso! I believe in you :)
  • Friday, 10 Jun 2011 09:06
    by kimcanada
    Hi Fernando Wonderful practice two!! I stayed and worked from home today so I could watch the practice live, you were great. Good luck tomorrow honey Keep smiling Love you Kim (Canada)
  • Friday, 10 Jun 2011 10:27
    by Louie
    Hi Alonso you make me proud please put a small greatwhite shark on the car, because you drive as good and as fast as a greatwhite shark. I love sharks good luck my best driver kind regards Louie.
  • Saturday, 11 Jun 2011 04:31
    by Foney
    I'm from china.we will always support you!good luck!
  • Saturday, 11 Jun 2011 05:16
    by Camila
    Hi Fernando, I’m very anxious by the race in Montreal! This track is one of the best tracks. I hope that you win in Canada. Go Alonso! Go Ferrari! Go F150° Italia! Go Faster! Good Luck in Canada! Best wishes! Camila from Brazil.
  • Saturday, 11 Jun 2011 07:00
    by William Tho
    Stay clam always, Alonso. I believe we, as fan, will see you staning on the podium again. But this time, you should be standing middle of the podium and not on the left or right. All the best to you. William from Singapore will pray hard for you!!!
  • Saturday, 11 Jun 2011 01:26
    by Alexander
    Vamos Fernando Forza Ferrari!Best duet ever!
  • Saturday, 11 Jun 2011 03:00
    by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...Good results in both Practices on Friday..!!! Keep fighting.,and the best result will come...P1 P1 P1....We believe in you...xoxoxoxo
  • Saturday, 11 Jun 2011 07:10
    by FAster Eva Nano
    Hi Nano...Congratulations in P2... Fantastic Qualifying you just did. Your 150° Italia definitely is competitive enough to fight for P1 on the podium tomorrow.,Looking so far so good. We will keep our fingers crossed and wish you the very best luck for the race...It will be 3am in Australian time when it starts.,and we will be here to support you all the way...Forza Fernando.,Forza Ferrari..!!!! AVANTI.....!!!
  • Sunday, 12 Jun 2011 06:33
    by Mia
    Hi Fernando ! Good results for you so far the whole Canada GP weekend. I really hope it continue today (Raceday). :) I wish you all luck in the world my dear Fernando Alonso ! Kisses ♥ Hugs, Mia/Sweden.
  • Sunday, 12 Jun 2011 07:15
    by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi the weather condition is very bad...Please stay safe...!!
  • Sunday, 12 Jun 2011 10:42
    by kimcanada
    Fernando So sorry your race ended the way it did, I wish your finish here could have been better, not your fault at all. I told you the weather here was crazy!!! I am just so glad you were able to come here, to my country, it made me so happy all week just to know you were here. Keep smiling my love, you are the best still Hugs Love you lots Kim (Canada)
  • Monday, 13 Jun 2011 03:43
    by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...unfortunately this race was not ours. In this weather situation, we couldn't really control much, but we are happy that you are safe..!! It's only 7th race and still a long way to go..We know you will keep fighting and never give up, so do we...!! Let's keep heads up and look forward to the next race in Valencia.,as all your huge fans will be there waiting for your victory...supporting your always from Taiwan & Australia..xoxoxo
  • Monday, 13 Jun 2011 09:15
    by Vera
    Dear FERNANDO!!! I`m so sorry that happened to you in Canada! Whatever happens, I know you have drive your heart out! FERNANDO, YOU ARE THE BEST DRIVER for me and a great man!! FORZA FERNANDO!! FORZA FERRARI!!! Vera, Serbia
  • Monday, 13 Jun 2011 09:18
    Big hug Alonso! It was an unexpectedly sad end to a weekend that started off so well for you! But like you said, the rain changed the game. There's still plenty of the season left. Stay strong and enjoy yourself as you fight for the championship! :) Forever your fan, Niz from Sri Lanka
  • Monday, 13 Jun 2011 10:41
    by Konstantin
    Hi Fernando! not successful race for you and Ferrari. Nando quickly forget it and tune into the next stage. Grand Prix of Valencia will help you home with a podium. You are a great racer! You will win! Konstantin Russia.
  • Tuesday, 14 Jun 2011 06:22
    by Quintin
    dont worry....Alonso....there's always a chance to become better......learn from these failures..and remember.............................whatever happens, happens for the good
  • Tuesday, 14 Jun 2011 12:23
    by Kimcanada
    Fernando I would like to tell you that I am so proud of you. This weekend in Montreal, you gave your all, you did everything possible to fight for the win. It is not your fault we have stupid weather, (I am surprised it didn't snow for crying out loud), only in Canada. They always say here, if you don't like the weather right now, wait 5 minutes. It is so true, and this spring has been really really wet. One day it is 40 degrees out, then the next day it is 6 degrees. Oh well, that is totally out of our hands. I want you to know that I am not giving up on your Champion fight. I don't want to say anything againt Vettel, because I know down deep in my heart, that if it were you in his spot, I would be the happiest girl in the world, but I honestly think that if he didn't have that car, he would not be where he is. You have more talent in your little finger than he does in his whole body, yes he is a good driver, but how lucky can one be???? It can't last, know that. I am so glad to hear that you still think you can win, that makes me happy. Just keep fighting Fernando, and know that I am with you all the way. I don't know if I have ever told you this or not, but I love you lots :)) Kim (Canada)
  • Tuesday, 14 Jun 2011 12:48
    by aneesh
    i was in a great expectation after the qualifying section in canada,,,but unfortunately things went wrong , you would have to wait and keep your position until things start changing ,,,,,
  • Tuesday, 14 Jun 2011 03:03
    by 'Amirah
    The Championship isn't over yet, Cheer up! te amo ♥
  • Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 06:05
    by Asad Anwar
    Keep it up Fernando... we have the belief in u and you hve the capacity to make the difference. Best of luck..
  • Sunday, 19 Jun 2011 06:48
    by alim
    alonso is the best ♥


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