Alonso Blog

It would be great to make it three but four out of four wouldn’t be bad either...

September 21, 2011 · Posted by Fernando Alonso

Singapore is a special event for me. It’s one of the races that I like the most for the lively atmosphere and for the characteristics of the circuit. It certainly has much in common with Monaco but the fact that you run at night coupled with the extended length of the track compared to the one in the Principality make this grand prix unique. I have always managed to make the podium in the three previous editions and my objective is to make it four out of four. A third victory to go with those of 2008 and last year would clearly be fantastic but I know that it will be very hard. At Monaco we certainly came very close to victory – without the final red flag I think I would have had an excellent chance to overtake Sebastian – but it’s also true that you can’t always guarantee that things go the same way. What is certain is that we will give everything: I think we have the chance to do well as long as we get the best out of every aspect: tyres, set-up, engine, teamwork, everything has to be at 100%.

Last year a wonderful success arrived at the end of an extraordinary weekend. There was a long, nearly two-hour duel between myself and Sebastian, which was raced with the image of his car almost permanently in my mirrors. To win a race like that is thrilling, producing very strong emotions. Speaking of the German driver, I’ve been told that some people have written that I said a bad word to him in the immediate post-race at Monza when we were talking about the pass that happened when the safety car came in: it’s incredible to see how far the made-up stories of certain people can travel! Not only did I never say the word in question to him but we chatted about the episode in a very good way, as was clear to everyone during the FIA Press Conference a few minutes later.

Monza didn’t give us the victory that we wanted but we did earn a place on the podium – what an emotion to stand up there again wearing the red overalls and to hear the tifosi scream my name! That allowed me to pass one important statistical landmark, that of 1,000 championship points (now I’m on 1,001 – only Michael has more). Of course since the new points system was introduced you go forward in this classification much quicker than before but to see four figures next to my name gave me a lot of pleasure.

I arrived in Singapore today at lunchtime. A shower, a bit of rest in the hotel without sleeping – I want to try and remain on the European timetable – and then a quick trip to the circuit, which is less than 100 metres from the hotel. I like going to the track on Wednesday afternoon at the flyaway races, to see how the team is organised from a logistical point of view. Today I then had the chance to do a bicycle tour of the track together with the special personality that is Emilio Botin, the president of the Santander bank, one of our main sponsors. It’s good to see with how much enthusiasm, passion and interest Don Emilio follows us: despite his thousands of commitments, he knows everything about the life of the team and is very curious, a true tifoso! Tomorrow the official engagements start. As ever, Thursday is predominantly dedicated to meetings with the team and to activities with our partners but there are also the first meetings with the engineers. From Friday we begin on the track: we hope to repeat the weekend of 2010 and thus to present another victory to the Prancing Horse and to all our fans. That is our target, one that will remain for all the coming races.


  • Wednesday, 21 Sep 2011 04:05
    by claire Vandamme
    I hope I see you smile, it's been a while...
  • Thursday, 22 Sep 2011 03:51
    by Nagore
    Best wishes for the race. I hope you'll enjoy it and get another victory!
  • Thursday, 22 Sep 2011 10:16
    by Cristina
    Hello Alonso How are you?? Good lucking the saturday in the clasification ok try to go out fourth or fifth ok ;)Good lucking the sunday in the race try to finish in the podium ( second or third)ok?? :D What handsome are you Alonso¡¡¡ :D FORZA FERRARIIIIII :D
  • Friday, 23 Sep 2011 12:15
    by joe officer
    All the vey best Fernando for Singapore
  • Friday, 23 Sep 2011 02:45
    by Gav
    Wishing you the very best of luck this weekend Fernando, hope we can win again. Go For IT!!
  • Friday, 23 Sep 2011 04:51
    by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...Great job in FP2. Keep very positive for Qualifying tomorrow.. Go FAster...xoxoxoxo
  • Friday, 23 Sep 2011 05:35
    by Mia Jax
    Hi Fernando ! :) Thanks for your blogpost and Good Luck in Singapore ! I hope you win :)) Take care, Mia
  • Friday, 23 Sep 2011 11:23
    by Monika
    Dear Fernando, I wish you Good Luck for the GP in Singapore. You are simply the best and i love you so much. I hope i see you on the podium again. Greetings from Germany, Monika. :-)
  • Saturday, 24 Sep 2011 10:20
    by Joaquin Ricardo Arribas
    ALONSO!!!Alonso!!!Alonso!!! always yu´re 1
  • Saturday, 24 Sep 2011 04:30
    by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...wishing you & team the very very best for tomorrow... Fingers crossed, you will gain some positions in first corner, same as you did in Monza..!! please drive safe, We believe in you.....!!! FORZA FERNANDO.......xoxoxoxoxo
  • Sunday, 25 Sep 2011 04:00
    by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...Another great start in the first corner. Unfortunately the SC didn't work out for us today., but you pushed so hard and gave 200% on the track. Really thank you very much for all of your hard works, also thanks to your team....!! xoxoxo
  • Monday, 26 Sep 2011 07:22
    by Eszter Oroszi
    Fernando, It was an excellent race,you made a magnificent start again! Unbelievable how you can catch that minute. Love to read your updates, love to see you racing. Keep doing :-) Lots of love from Budapest. xxx
  • Monday, 26 Sep 2011 02:00
    by 'Amirah
    Let's not lose hope in the last few races. I believe you will be back stronger than ever in 2012 and I'm sure 2012 World Championship will be yours! Love, 'Amirah :)
  • Monday, 26 Sep 2011 02:03
    by kim canada
    Hi Fernando Great effort on Sunday, I was supporting you the whole way. I hope you are happy with the result, love you lots Kim (Canada)
  • Friday, 30 Sep 2011 06:47
    Hallo, Fernando! Thanks for the Singapore grand prix and Good luck in Japan!
  • Friday, 30 Sep 2011 09:54
    by Cristina
    Hello Alonso How are you?? The race finally was well because you finished fourth. In the next race the grand prix of Japan try to finish in the podium ok?? What handsome are you Alonso :D FORZA FERRARIIIIIIII :D


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