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It was so nice to see red grandstands at Montmelo!

May 11, 2010 · Posted by Fernando Alonso

It was very exciting for me to race in Spain at the wheel of a Ferrari for the first time. To see so many red jackets and caps in the grandstands was fantastic and I think that this time, I felt the passion of the fans like never before at the Catalunya circuit. So, I was really happy to get to the podium, even if it wasn’t the top step, so that I could acknowledge and thank them all for their enthusiasm.

From a technical point of view, the F10 performed the way we had thought it would. The updates we brought delivered the performance level we had expected, but it’s also true that other teams made an even bigger step forward, at least in terms of how they performed on this type of track. I am convinced that this year, the hierarchy among the teams will usually change according to the characteristics of the track and the Barcelona one definitely did not suit us so well.

The Monaco Grand Prix is a unique event on the calendar. All of us drivers want to win on this track at some point or other and the teams and sponsors are also particularly keen on doing well at the most famous race in the world, partly because it takes place in a venue that is already very special. It definitely attracts even more media attention than usual, which means the weekend will be even more demanding than usual. Usually on this track there have been surprises on the technical front. In the past, we have seen cars run competitively here that have not done so elsewhere and so it is even harder to make any predictions. Maybe we could be the ones to spring the surprise, given that others are already writing us off or are saying they have the edge.

I have heard a lot about the problems with traffic. It’s true this was already a problem when we had twenty cars on track and now there are four more, but we must try and look at this situation as an extra challenge, both for us drivers, who will have to be even more careful when overtaking, but without losing too much time, both in qualifying and the race and for the engineers, who will have to work out just the right moment to send us out on track in qualifying.


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32 responses so far

  • Tuesday, 11 May 2010 05:56 by kim
    Hi Fernando You had a great race on Sunday, second place was fantastic. I wish I could have been there wearing my red to show you my support, which you always have even if I am far away. I never miss a practice, qualifying or a race, even if I have to watch it on Television. I look forward to this weekend, I know you will be brillant as always, I am behind you all the way, cheering you on. You are the best out there, never doubt that. Good luck and have fun sending big hugs and lots of kisses, love from Canada
  • Tuesday, 11 May 2010 06:34 by Soumya Banerjee
    You rock,Fernando. Keep up the excellent work!1
  • Tuesday, 11 May 2010 07:34 by Alexandra
    Good luck in Monaco, Fernando. From Russia with love))))
  • Tuesday, 11 May 2010 08:41 by Melisa
    You were great in Spain! GOOD LUCK IN MONACO! Can't wait to see you in Turkey!!
  • Wednesday, 12 May 2010 02:10 by Jingjing
    Fernando,second place in Spainish GP is a very very good result,a bit closer to the WDC~~~~ GOOD LUCK in Monaco !!! Best wishes from Beijing
  • Wednesday, 12 May 2010 03:11 by Jessica
    Cheer up, Fernando! U'r always the best of the best~ love from Jessica in Shanghai
  • Wednesday, 12 May 2010 08:27 by Caroline Swanson
    I hope you find the VA VA VOOM you need Fernando at Monaco! Best of luck and love from Liverpool. xx
  • Wednesday, 12 May 2010 09:56 by EVELINA
    Fernando we felt the same as you did, just watching the race from home!!!it was very special and emotional to see you on the montmelo podium,we believe in you and support you from your early steps of your career!!!!thanks to you we have now a brand new Ferrari store in Athens!!!just keep fighting with your own unique way!!!
  • Wednesday, 12 May 2010 11:21 by Sara
    Hey Fernando, it's Sara, from Spain. My family and i have always suffered watching you every Sunday race, even the past two years. Last race in Barcelona was something like: Well, let's see what he can do, expecting a fourth position was everything you could get. Well now, we are convinced, after watching you, that we'll meet you in Oviedo, where your followers will sing, Fernando Third World Champion. Good luck for Monaco, do your best (as always) and as i said, see you in Oviedo. Sara.
  • Wednesday, 12 May 2010 05:49 by Irem
    Hi Fernando, I'm Irem from Turkey. I think you are always the best. I hope you will win all races and be the champion. Good luck for Monaco and Turkey,... I really want to see you on the podium in all races. Best wishes and love from Turkey...
  • Wednesday, 12 May 2010 07:39 by
    Ferni you're the best and my favorite=) I was very happy how you won in Spain and i saw it that you too. I hope that you will be the first at Monaco. You would really deseve that. I'm sorry if I wrote something badly but I don't learn to English for a long time. Good luck, love Vivcsi from Hungary.
  • Thursday, 13 May 2010 07:38 by Rachel
    Hi fernando ! good luck for monaco ! enjoy this race and see you sunday on the top of the podium ! big kisses from cannes !
  • Thursday, 13 May 2010 06:56 by Mark Stephens
    Ciao Fernando, congratulations on Spain this last weekend and where did you get that rocket you were flying this morning? Best Wishes to you this weekend as we hope to see you on the top step on Sunday! -Mark
  • Friday, 14 May 2010 06:37 by snafuracer
    Best times in practices in Monaco is great ! Good luck and best wishes for win from Bulgaria.
  • Friday, 14 May 2010 01:20 by kim tobin
    Hi Fernando It's Kim, I want to wish you good luck this weekend in Monaco. I know you will be amazing as always. I give all of my support to you, ONLY YOU!!! Stay safe, be happy, and keep smiling, it looks so good on you. I hope to see you on the top step of the Podium on Sunday, I know you can do it. Sending you hugs, kisses and lots of love from Canada
  • Friday, 14 May 2010 02:42 by olvido
    hola!nano,i wish u all the best!——olvido from China
  • Friday, 14 May 2010 05:35 by willy
    Dear Fernando . One week ago , you did something special for your fans in Barcelona ! And now , you're on the top of the practice session with your two best time-lap in Monaco !!! Thanks for this pleasure and good luck for the qualifs session this saturday and good luck for this sunday . Willy from Bergerac in France
  • Saturday, 15 May 2010 01:16 by Jorge Rionegro
    Fernando, your best choice to the Monaco Grandprix could be to change wheels in the first lap. In this way you could have a clean road for 3 o 4 laps and if a safety car appears you coul pass a lot of cars in his first stops. I think it could be your best chance, please think about it... (If it could rain, that woudn't be a good idea)
  • Saturday, 15 May 2010 05:49 by willy
    dear Fernando ! sad day in Monaco this saturday ! But your start in the stands is not the clap of your race ! One crash and the safetycar could be on the track and your race changed with the good tyres like your precedent fan said ! Do it Fernando and one more time , do something special for us please ! FORZA FERNANDO ! Willy in Bergerac from France
  • Sunday, 16 May 2010 07:31 by ANNIE
    oh my god! I have never thought about coming here.GOOD LUCK! WE SUPPORT YOU! YOU ARE MY FAVOURITE! FIGHTING!^^
  • Sunday, 16 May 2010 09:54 by Alesya
    Hi, Fernando! I am glad to your successes in this season! I think, ahead at you more many interesting and fascinating races! I wish your of good luck and new victories! It is very a pity that you couldn't participate in qualification in Monaco! I am assured that you would be the best! Was sad to look, how you observed of qualification from boxing! Your big sad eyes... But be not upset, one qualification is not all championship! I believe in you! And your fans in you believe! You the racer of the higher league! Look at it on the other hand... There will be more interesting race for you, you can show once again skill of passing (in which to you isn't present equal)! Good luck from Russia ;)!
  • Sunday, 16 May 2010 03:29 by gloria sánchez
    The Monaco Grand Prix just finished. I can't wait your comments. Thank you, what a fantastic show, you made us vibrate all the way through. What a fantastic exhibition. You are the Spanish Phoenix. Go on Alonso!! Another fan from Seville, Spain.
  • Sunday, 16 May 2010 06:24 by Jorge Rionegro
    Well Done, Ferrari ¡¡¡ Bravissimooo Fernando ¡¡¡
  • Sunday, 16 May 2010 06:33 by willy
    And the winner is ... FERNANDO ALONSO !!!! womderfull race dear Fernando ! Your choice after the start was a great moment in your race ! Maximum attack one more time and 6th at the end ! Not 7th like Schumi decided for you in his stupid attack ! thakks so lot dear Fernando ! it was a big big pleasure to see that ! FORZA FERRARI , FORZA FERNANDO ! willy from Bergerac in France
  • Sunday, 16 May 2010 07:56 by
    You deserved 6th place, you did a brilliant job! You're the best! ;) L. from Hungary
  • Monday, 17 May 2010 10:00 by
    Fernando,SUCCESSFUL strategy for the race and a VERY GOOD result!!! Enjoy your overtake all the way~~~ Thanks and best wishes from Beijing
  • Monday, 17 May 2010 12:20 by Marta
    Hello Fe, the word that best describes your race in Monaco is wonderful! You were perfect, just better if she came to the podium, almost impossible in Monaco ... Do not wait to meet him in Sao Paulo, where hope is almost the title in hand! Ah ... Please do not cut your hair is beautiful as is! Kisses. Marta of Brazil.
  • Monday, 17 May 2010 01:57 by samuel
    Good one champ!! btw Monaco was incredible!!! go on
  • Monday, 17 May 2010 03:35 by blueandsunny
    Wow!I can feel how tough you are ! you are the best of the best ! Great job ! a fan from Shanghai, China
  • Monday, 17 May 2010 07:29 by Adam
    Monaco was a fantastic show of your abilities. To finish in 6th place after starting in pit-lane deserves serious respect. Can,t wait for the next race. Bravo Ferrari, Bravo Alonso!
  • Tuesday, 18 May 2010 11:27 by kim tobin
    Dear Fernando What can I say? Sunday was awesome. Your were spectacular. When you couldn't qualify, all I kept thinking was,this is just one race, a bump in the road to the championship, after all, this is Monaco, no one expect too much. I thought hopefully, you could at least get a point. This was the most exciting race so far this season. You started out so far behind, and from where I was watching, the camera was on you almost the entire race as you did your magic, passing car after car! Even the annoucers mentioned how this never happens, no one knew what was going on in the front of the race, they were just so impressed by you! and to end up 6th! You truly are magic. Your desire and dedication and will to win leave me in awe of you. To me, there is no other F1 driver who can match your skill. You are amazing!!!! Again, sending hugs, kisses and lots of love from Canada
  • Tuesday, 18 May 2010 03:43 by FAsternano
    Hi Nano...once again you have shown us that you are the best..what the great overtaking in this kind of track!!Bravo Bravo Bravo..:))))) Couldn't wait the next GP as F10,F-duct improving very good..Bring it on Fernando,Go FAster.. Your supporters always from Taiwan and Australia..



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