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Even more united after a bittersweet weekend

May 18, 2010 · Posted by Fernando Alonso

The Monaco Grand Prix was bittersweet for me. Clearly, in terms of the points I picked up, it was not good enough, especially as we were in the right shape to fight for the win. Following on from Barcelona, where we were not fast enough to win, on the Monaco track, where aerodynamics is less important, we were more competitive. When you have a car that is easy to drive, as is the case with the F10 - something which Felipe and I both realised immediately right from the first test in Valencia - it means you quickly feel confident with it. And that is vital on a track like this one.

Then, on Saturday morning, you all know what happened and sixth place on Sunday therefore had a very different flavour to it: this result should make the team proud of all they did in difficult circumstances. It’s never happened to me before, not to be able to take part in qualifying. It can happen that you go out in the early stages, because of a mistake or a technical problem, but to find yourself having to watch the screen right from the start, that was really cruel. But I think this incident brought us even closer together as a group: it’s at times like these that you get the measure of people and the entire team was amazing.

Sunday was very satisfying. We were aware that if we wanted to finish in the points, everything had to be perfect: the car, strategy, overtaking and tyres. And that was indeed the case. The first laps were very hectic, with six overtaking moves and then I had to try and make the most of the strategy, waiting for others to pit. From lap 28, I found myself sixth and, from that point onwards, my main aim was to manage the car and the tyres. We had only finished rebuilding the car a few hours earlier and to finish such a tough race without the slightest problem shows just how great the lads are. Then at the end came the incident with Michael: the pit wall had told me that, as the race was still under the Safety Car on the last lap, overtaking was not allowed and so I was calm and that was later confirmed by the Stewards, who put things right.

Now, we have to roll our sleeves up to push even more on the development of the car. We still have to make up some ground in terms of performance and as we are in the thick of the fight, we don’t want to leave anything to chance as we try and reach our goals.


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50 responses so far

  • Tuesday, 18 May 2010 06:56 by Marta
    Hi Fe, do not be discouraged! You with their talent will put the Ferrari in the first, the GP of Monaco was sensational! You once again showed just how talented! Gracias, Fernando! I cheer him for his victory at the Turkish Grand Prix! Buena Suerte! Please do not cut your hair is very beautiful! Kisses. Marta of Brazil.
  • Tuesday, 18 May 2010 07:13 by Jorge Rionegro
    Bravo Fer&Fer ¡¡¡ At least you could save more or less the weekend thanks to strategy. If the SC appears in lap 8 or 9 you could almost win the gard prix ¡¡¡ Please improve fast your car to cath the Red Bull Team, if not, the championship will be very difficult... Animo Fernando ¡¡¡
  • Tuesday, 18 May 2010 07:22 by Melisa Koç
  • Wednesday, 19 May 2010 07:28 by FAsternano
    Hi Nano..Great great performance you did in Monaco,I believe this definetely is the top record in the GP history...Well done Fernando!!!Best wishes for you and team in next GP,and looking forward to see you on the pole..Go FAster,bring it on...:))))
  • Wednesday, 19 May 2010 08:28 by Caroline Swanson
    It's always good to hear your opinions on a race weekend Fernando. Collecting points along the way will make you a 3 times world champion this year. Love from Liverpool xx
  • Wednesday, 19 May 2010 08:36 by Alesya
    Fernando thanks for an interesting race!Overtakings were amazing! You are excellent! Certainly an episode with a Mercedes the annoying... But very predicted! And you, and Michael have aggressive style of driving. You racers of the higher league in the formula one! You especial! Alesya from Russia.
  • Wednesday, 19 May 2010 10:11 by ADE
    It was amzing, thank u
  • Wednesday, 19 May 2010 10:14 by 张彤辉
    Well done brave Fernando!!!It seems to be a perfect weekend except the accident on Saturday morning.As you said,it was realy a bittersweet weekend.I was so happy on Thursday because of your fast speed in the free practice.But on Saturday it was like a disaster that you even can not take part in the qualifying.I was so upset that I even didn't watch the qualifying.But we all know that you never let us down and you finally make it to the 6th on Sunday.I can't describe how excited I am after the race.You did so perfect with a set of tires to race 77 laps.What you did is realy fantastic on Sunday.You are the hero in our hearts!Please keep going and wish you good luck!
  • Wednesday, 19 May 2010 10:16 by Zinto
    Saturday: pity but on Sunday... you really rock Fernando!!! Hope you continue making us so happy
  • Wednesday, 19 May 2010 10:47 by Friend
    You are the best and at the end the best win.
  • Wednesday, 19 May 2010 11:24 by kim tobin
    Dear Fernando I feel the emotion in your message, but hold your head high! You should feel only pride in your accomplishment on Sunday, I was so proud of what you did. My heart was breaking for you on Saturday, but you turned a bad situation into a victory in my eyes. You were amazing, there is no other word. I really and truly believe that no other driver on that grid on Sunday could have done what you did, not Webber, not Schumacher, no one. You did the team proud, and all of us who love you as well. I send many many big hugs to you, I only wish you could have gotten them on Saturday when you needed them. Love from Kim, (Canada)
  • Wednesday, 19 May 2010 01:03 by Amer
    Hi Fer! I was sure that Monaco would be your 2d victory in 2010 but sadly it went the other way and 6 was the greatest job you could´ve done. I was very sad that you missed qualy but as u use to say, " this is racing and anything can happen". Well done man and on sundy you were the most copetitive driver of them all. You are the best driver in the field and evryone knows that :-)
  • Wednesday, 19 May 2010 01:07 by Marcus
    Fernando! Congratulations on the 6th place at Monaco. To bounce back from your crash like you did was truly amazing. Only a 2-time world champion is capable of that sort of driving. Well done on making the best of a bad situation! Best of Luck,,, Marcus from Melbourne
  • Wednesday, 19 May 2010 02:45 by
    You and the team made a brilliant job on last Sunday... To watch you to take all that pos. was amazing. Hope that bad luck is over for good and waiting for you in Istanbul. We all very excited to have you in Istanbul Park once again. Didem xxx
  • Wednesday, 19 May 2010 03:09 by Mukund
    Hi fernando, You did very well in one else could probably do what you did..i am proud of monaco gp... All the best for your team and you. hope seeing you on the top step of podium in turkey.. All the best.. - Mukund(Finland)
  • Wednesday, 19 May 2010 03:32 by Mark Stephens
    Dear Fernando, there is little doubt around the world that you are the very best driver in F1 and have been for quite some time. What you did on Sunday was accomplish the impossible especially since there was not testing of the car, no real setup of the car and a completely new car. What is shows is the level of your commitment and desire to win as well as the team's commitment and desire to win. Continued hard work and that same determination will see you and the reds as the WDC and WCC for 2010. Best Wishes. -Mark
  • Wednesday, 19 May 2010 04:08 by Dimitris
    Go,Fernando;We trust you and we know you can bring down the Red Bulls,because you are the best driver.We are with you,GO; (Greece)
  • Wednesday, 19 May 2010 05:43 by evelina
    thank you Fernando for being the consistent fighter that we love and support!!!you teach us never to give up in life ,even if we are in a difficult position!!!!!!born to be fighter and winner!!!!!!!!thank you from Athens ,Greece!!!!!!
  • Wednesday, 19 May 2010 06:10 by GP1
    Good work Teflonso, you are best ever spanish F1 driver,, keep on training
  • Wednesday, 19 May 2010 06:21 by Joly
    Hi Nando,it was very sad to see you on Saturday, but Sunday was great. You're the best do not forget it and take it easy all the time! I hope to see you on the top of the podium in Turkey! With best wishes Joly from Budapest
  • Wednesday, 19 May 2010 08:27 by
    Hey Fernando! It's not fair that you're so unlucky nowadays! Anyway,your sunday were perfect. You deserve to be the champion, just be yourself all the time. We will ALWAYS be with you!! CONGRATULATIONS to the team, they're really amazing! Good job guys! P.S. I agree with the first comment, you shouldn't cut your hair! It was the best when it was long and curly. Of course it's your decision ;) L. from Hungary
  • Wednesday, 19 May 2010 08:52 by nereaf1
    Hi Fernando!! Congratulations for your great race last Sunday. You showed the world again the kind of driver that you are. Now it's time for the team, including the drivers, to work together to develop the car and catch the Red Bulls. Kisses from Asturias ;)
  • Wednesday, 19 May 2010 08:57 by edin
    Hi Fernando. Dont be disappointed.We are allways with good and in bad. VAMOS CAMPEON!!!!!You are the greatest. It was a good race for you on sunday. you did a good job.thank you Fernando.
  • Wednesday, 19 May 2010 10:04 by Patrick Doelare
    Fernando, you were the best driver on the track and you managed to get a great result!! Wish you good luck for the Turkish GP. Greetings from Patrick (Holland)
  • Thursday, 20 May 2010 02:01 by Jingjing
    Fernando , really SUPER JOB of the team and you to rebuild the car, FANTASTIC!!! This is one of those reasons why you are the best driver and Ferrari the best team in my eyes. Best wishes from Beijing~~~
  • Thursday, 20 May 2010 09:41 by Jessica
    Fernando, my heart were going up and down with you during the whole Monte Carlo week. I was so frustrated seeing you sitting out qualifying at the garage but, I told myself on Saturday night "YOU CAN MANAGE IT". I know it and I have confidence in it. Cause U r FERNANDO!!!Well done to you! Now it's been a perfect weekend,though a little bit bittersweet. Thank u, Fernando, U always give me the courage.
  • Thursday, 20 May 2010 11:06 by Vic
    What you and the team did in Monaco was AMAZING! 18 positions...great, great job. Imagine what you can do with a bit of luck! Keep showing why you are the best driver nowadays. Siempre estamos contigo Fernando! Animo campeón!
  • Thursday, 20 May 2010 11:34 by Peter
    Hello Fernando ! Super job in sunday ! All the best to the next races, consistence, some wins, and podiums and you´ll be champion ! Your are the best driver ! I was the fan only of Nigel Mansell long time before. I have many your best races on DVD, especially ever win. Good Luck from Slovakia ! Peter
  • Thursday, 20 May 2010 01:31 by Ana Laura ferreira Vitorio
    Hi Fer,you were perfect in Monaco sorry you got behind Hamilton! yet you made a sensational race in Turkey will be better. Kisses Ana Laura
  • Thursday, 20 May 2010 01:37 by kim tobin
    Hey Fernando I just read that Red Bull fears you!! And so they should, they should be afraid, very afraid!!!!! Have yourself a great weekend Love you Kim (Canada)
  • Thursday, 20 May 2010 03:35 by
    Hi fernando! Very good job from you and the team after the crash in monaco! I look forward and i have faith to ferrari that can give you a car in the next couple of races to beat the redbull especialy in qualy! I wish you and all the team the very best!!! Christos
  • Thursday, 20 May 2010 03:51 by
    You were very good in Monaco. You are the best =) Although everybody knows this. Love Vivcsi from Hungary
  • Thursday, 20 May 2010 08:47 by Laura
    Hi from spain Fer!!CARRERON.You are the best before,today and always.Ánimo.Many hugs and kisses for you.Laura
  • Friday, 21 May 2010 01:31 by Jess Edangal
    Idol, thumbs up! Good luck again. Keep it up (Jess,Philippines)
  • Friday, 21 May 2010 02:54 by Camila
    Fernando, you were fantastic in the Monaco Gran Prix. Congratulations. You are the best and the more complete driver in F1. Good luck in the next GP. Go Alonso! Best wishes! Camila from Brazil.
  • Friday, 21 May 2010 05:53 by
    Hej Fernando, you have done great job in Monaco, good luck in turkey GP. I wish you the best! Tomas (Lithuania)
  • Friday, 21 May 2010 05:57 by Tomas
    Hej Fernando, you have done great job in Monaco, good luck in turkey GP. I wish you the best! Tomas (Lithuania)
  • Friday, 21 May 2010 09:57 by vadim67rus
    Russian for Alonso)) NANO BEST )Good luck in Turkey
  • Friday, 21 May 2010 11:03 by Otto DEROLEZ
    Dear Fernando! Totally merited, you came more in view on TV than anybody else.You were "the EXCITEMENT" of the Monaco GP! Your outstanding driver qualities, the potential of the car + good race strategy bring the Title in sight! Forza Ferrari!
  • Saturday, 22 May 2010 02:16 by olvido
    hi.nano.u are the best .keep moving!
  • Saturday, 22 May 2010 04:46 by bear
    Hello Fernando ! As your fans made me feel very proud . you are the best! go go go *_*
  • Saturday, 22 May 2010 01:31 by Shaniel
    You were amazing in Monaco - little suprise to me be very exciting to watch - i watched the race twice just to be inspired - all the luck for Turkey ~ Shaniel South Africa
  • Saturday, 22 May 2010 08:22 by Guzman Guzik matter what place you finish.. the courage u put in your driving...priceless
  • Saturday, 22 May 2010 11:07 by José Ernesto
    Fernando. Collecting points along the way will make you a third world champion this year. You can do it, just make podium, even second or third, if you are a winner much better, all the best at Turkish GP, Ernesto, Argentina
  • Sunday, 23 May 2010 02:13 by Blackmadonna
    Very well done for that bad luck in qualy- it was exciting to see you sweep through the field! Of course i would have preferred to see you winning the race....:( but it was a perfect damage control! Or nearly perfect, with Di Grassi thinking he was driving for the championship. There are better times to come for you and Ferrari, the most important thing for me is that you feel at home with them and have all the support you need. Toma Fernando!:)
  • Sunday, 23 May 2010 01:26 by alfemo
    Hi, Fernando! Thanks for the great drive. I really enjoyed watching you pass other cars and maintaining your 6th position. No matter what, I am cheering you up so far away from Japan!!!
  • Monday, 24 May 2010 12:00 by amaterusa
    You and your team can be quite proud, you have made a race much more entertaining than it would have been in other circumstances, of course your goal is to win, not only yo entertain, but gosh! I could't hardly move from my seat...
  • Monday, 24 May 2010 02:28 by charles lowe
    Ferrari,don't be discouraged,you are the best there is.Just keep pushing your developement on the F10,and it will be the car to beat in the next few races.Good Luck in Turkey
  • Monday, 24 May 2010 05:31 by FAsternano
    Hi Nano...bring it on this weekend..we are looking forward to see you on the pole,also you will be the number ONE on the championship leader board..Go Fernando,Go FAster..TOMA...!!
  • Wednesday, 26 May 2010 02:54 by kim Tobin
    Fernando Have a great race this weekend in Turkey. Have fun, stay safe and keep smiling, mi campeón Hugs and kisses Love from Kim (Canada)



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