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Happy for Felipe: stability is important

June 10, 2010 · Posted by Fernando Alonso

It’s only Wednesday, but I’m already at the track to at last speak face to face with the team, having been in touch by phone and email since the Turkish Grand Prix. I arrived in Montreal on Monday night and yesterday I spent the day doing some fitness training on a bicycle not far from here and the countryside was very nice.

I feel there is a great desire to turn things round after the difficult weekend in Turkey and everyone has reacted in the way I was expecting. Within all of Ferrari there is a passion for racing, which is something I realised from my very first day at Maranello and I am well aware that no one likes losing and that everyone is pushing to the maximum to give us drivers a competitive car.

Today, the team announced that Felipe’s contract has been extended to the end of 2012. I am very happy about this, because it means we can be sure the same group of people will be working together for another two years and stability is a very important part of being a successful team. I get on very well with Felipe and there is great mutual respect between us and immediately, it led to the necessary harmony that means we can work together in the long term. I have seen how close the guys are to him and it’s clear he is part of the Ferrari family.

In recent days there has been a lot of talk about us being late in terms of the development of our car. It’s not right to say development stopped after Bahrain: it’s a fact that in the first four races the distance in terms of tenths to the Red Bull has always been around the three to four tenths mark: while they brought updates to every race, so did we, which means that our work was at least as effective as theirs. What is true is that, in Spain, we did not make the step forward we were expecting, while the others made more progress than us. That explains the difficulties we experienced in Barcelona and, above all, in Istanbul. As for the blown rear wing, I think it has been useful to work on it, even if we have not yet got the most out of it.

Furthermore, I can see that other teams who are working hard on it are also struggling a lot, while those who had it on their car right from the start still have a clear advantage. I have every confidence in our team and I am convinced that here in Canada we will see a different situation to the one we had in Turkey. This track has more in common with those where we have been more competitive so far this season and I think we will be in the hunt. The situation in the championship is still very open, but clearly we have to get back to fighting for a podium finish as soon as possible.


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30 responses so far

  • Thursday, 10 Jun 2010 10:05 by Caroline Swanson
    Avoid trouble and go flat out to win Fernando! Good Luck and love from Liverpool xx
  • Thursday, 10 Jun 2010 10:14 by FAsternano
    Hi Nano..Once again,always good to hear from you..Firstly,congratulations of your team mate for next 2 years..Secondly,we are very happy to see HOW POSITIVE YOU ARE,also for the team and the race....Definitely the situation in the championship is still very open as you said,and we all know you will go fightting for it....Go Fernando,Support you always FAsters from TWN & AUS ...TOMA...!!
  • Thursday, 10 Jun 2010 11:07 by kim canada
    Hi Fernando It's Kim WELCOME TO CANADA It makes me so happy that you are here. I can't even tell you how happy I am that finally you are in my Country, that we are finally on the same Continent, in the same time zone for change. I hope your stay here is awesome, and you take with you many happy memories, most of all a great result this weekend. I wish I could have been there, I know you will be awesome, but it just didn't work out for me, but I will be watching, cheering you on, and sending positive thoughts your way. I hope this race finds you again on top, I know you can do it, have confidence in yourself and your abititly, I have confindence in you. You are so talented. I sense frustration on your part, I totally understand why, but try to shake that off, try to relax and be calm. I have seen in the past it seems that you can will your car to do the things you need it to do, that your desire to win gives you the power to make things happen the way you want them to, use that will, do your magic, just drive it like you stole it, and you will be on top. I am with you, supporting you, Fernando, always. So please enjoy your stay here, stay safe and keep smiling, you are such a good person, you deserve to be happy, and I think we all feel better when you are. I love you so very much, Kim (Toronto Canada) XXXXOOOOOOO (PS, yesterday I suddenly and tragically lost someone very special to me, so it is with a heavy heart I face the weekend) Have a great weekend everyone
  • Thursday, 10 Jun 2010 12:06 by
    Hello from Avilés! Glad to hear from you again :) I'm sure that the team is working, if possible, harder than ever to give you and Felipe a winning car. I'm sure it will happen sooner than later. Then I'm sure you will take the most out of it as you always do ;) Good luck Fernando!
  • Thursday, 10 Jun 2010 03:18 by alfemo
    Hi, Fernando!! Good luck with the setting of F10 and hopefully you will have a good balance this time. You speak French, so enjoy on and off the track in Montreal!!! Oh, please focus more on GP rather than the World Cup!!
  • Thursday, 10 Jun 2010 03:38 by Jessica
    Hi,Fe! We realize your hard work, you are the best! GOOD LUCK FERNANDO! GO FERNANDO! GO! IT'S YOUR RACE! IT'S YOUR TRACK! IT'S YOUR WAY TO THE CHAMPION! love from Shanghai ;)
  • Thursday, 10 Jun 2010 06:35 by Dot Schroeder
    Hi Fernando! Best of Luck to you in Canada this week & weekend. I know you can do a fantastic job in Qualies, to get a better grid position. Lots of success is still to come for you this season. Believe in yourself always! Greetings from New Jersey, USA. Dot
  • Thursday, 10 Jun 2010 07:53 by Wesley
    We know you can do it make us proud! :) From South Africa
  • Thursday, 10 Jun 2010 08:04 by Gyáni Edit
    Hola Fernando!I wish you a very good weekend with a brighting medal!!!You are the BEST and you can do it!!!WE all are with you!Edit from Hungary
  • Friday, 11 Jun 2010 12:13 by Juliana Brandao
    "Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to produce uncommon results". This statement expresses how confidence I have in you, Fernando, and also the team in order to get a better result in Canada. It's really good seeing you motivated, so I can hope a fantastic race. Good Luck and see you in the podium!:)Julie from Brazil
  • Friday, 11 Jun 2010 01:22 by nereaf1
    Hi, Fernando. I'm very happy to see how good you get on with Felipe and I think that you can do it very well in this circuit. Good luck for the race and Forza Ferrari :)
  • Friday, 11 Jun 2010 06:32 by Laura
    Hi Fernando!!!!I wish you very good luck this weekend.Give it all(FAster).You are the best before,now and always. Kisses and hugs.Laura
  • Friday, 11 Jun 2010 08:25 by Camila
    Hi Fernando. Ferrari team + harmony + passion for racing + Fernando Alonso = Victory. I believe in your FASTER spirit. Good luck in championship. Go Magic Alonso! Camila from Brazil.
  • Saturday, 12 Jun 2010 11:33 by FAsternano
    Hi Nano...Good result in Practic 2...wishing you the best best of luck for Qualifying today..Go FAster,Go Fernando...You can do it..Fingers crossed !!! Forza..:)
  • Saturday, 12 Jun 2010 11:21 by FAsternano
    Hi Nano....TOMA TOMA TOMA....Gracias Fernando..You pushed very hard in Qualifying..We are pleased of the result..,and I hope your best driving skill plus team's strategy will let you go on top of the pudium..THE BEST LUCK AND FINGERS CROSSED.!! Go GO GO..your supporters always
  • Sunday, 13 Jun 2010 02:07 by Lee
    Gday nando. I am a huge fan. I've been a fan of you for a very long time now. All the best for the canadian gp & the rest of year:)Bring that championship home to ferrari. I have faith in you:) All the best, Ciao Lee
  • Sunday, 13 Jun 2010 08:32 by Jingjing
    Fernano,I'm so glad you are back to the top places in Qualyfing~~~~ I will stay up late in the night(the race starts at midnight here in Beijing) to watch the Live race and would like to see you ON TOP ON the podium this weekend!! GOOD LUCK !!!! Best wishes from Beijing~~~
  • Sunday, 13 Jun 2010 11:10 by edin
    Hi Champ.I saw Qualifications yesterday,i wish you a good luck from P4.Fernando please meke us happy.Good luck CHAMP!!!!Eddie-Slovenia!!!
  • Sunday, 13 Jun 2010 12:03 by Marta
    Hi Fe, Very good result in their classification of the Canadian GP! Hope to see you win, but if you can not want to see him get on the podium!! I'm hoping with all my forçs you!! Tú me encanta! Besos. Marta of Brazil.
  • Sunday, 13 Jun 2010 07:22 by FAsternano
    Hi Nano...CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Your F10 improved so much..There were heaps of issues on the track today,also you were delayed by couple drivers and traffic..But you managed so so well.We are all proud of you and know you will definitely fight back in Valencia..So please don't be disappointed!!In the race,few things we couldn't control,.but good thing is you did FANTASTIC job today..:) Happy to see you on the podium again...TOMA!! Gracias Fernando..!!
  • Sunday, 13 Jun 2010 10:17 by amaterusa
    Just to see you overtake Hamilton made my day, of course it wasnt't so nice to see him overtaking you afterwards, but still, being third isn't bad at all. Carry on like that and we will see you soon on the top.
  • Monday, 14 Jun 2010 02:55 by Erne
    Hi, you are on the way to be champion, the car was competetive at Canada, we hope the best for Valencia GP. Only, it is neccesary that Felipe must to be close to you, and both will push together. Congratulations and keep on podium
  • Monday, 14 Jun 2010 04:25 by olvido
    hi!fernando,i watched the match on midnight,only for you.i know the third place is not what you really want.but at least ,everything goes well.and i hope you will win the champain in the next time.good luck!
  • Monday, 14 Jun 2010 04:58 by blueandsunny
    How come you become so perfect ! I am so proud of you. Keep going ! A fan from Shanghai, China :)
  • Monday, 14 Jun 2010 09:33 by Caroline Swanson
    Well done Fernando, third place is laudable. You have reduced the margin needed to win against the Red Bulls & Mclaren which we all hoped to see, so here's to your victory in Valencia! Best wishes and love from Liverpool xx
  • Monday, 14 Jun 2010 12:12 by kim canada
    Hello dear Fernando Great drive! 3rd is Fantastic! I only wish you looked a little happier, but I guess it was frustrating with all the traffic. I am glad you were on the Podium in Canada, it made my weekend. Congrats, I hope this is the start of even greater things for you. Canada seemed alot brighter this week, I think it was because you were here. Thanks for the great race Fernando Have a good rest and best of luck next race. XXOO love you so much Kim (Toronto Canada)
  • Monday, 14 Jun 2010 08:56 by Ovif1
    Hi Fernando. Congratulations for you race yesterday, because on my own point of view, you did a very good race, apart that you could win the race, but it's not important, because you only lost these positions cause a slow cars. The important is that you and Ferrari are fighting for the first positions another time, and that's great!!!! I hope that you do a good race in Valencia, and if it's possible you win the race or you stay in the podium. I'll see you in the circuit.
  • Monday, 14 Jun 2010 09:10 by Daniel from Hungary
    Hi Fernando, finally Canada was good to see you back in the front. I hope you can do it again in Valencia. There's a long way to go in Championship. Never give up, fight till the last lap of the season. Maybe sometimes you should be a little bit more aggressive in overtaking. I belive in you and F10. Well done. See you at Hungaroring. Daniel
  • Tuesday, 15 Jun 2010 12:06 by jules
    Good to see you on podium Champ!! Hope next one it'll be as winner.
  • Wednesday, 16 Jun 2010 07:39 by L from Canada
    Hello Fernando. I loved reading this blog. The media are always trying to make it seem like the two Ferrari drivers dislike each other. You are both racing to win, of that there is no doubt. I'm glad that you and Felipe will be together for a few more years. Forza Fernando, Felipe and Ferrari!



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