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“Anger transformed into a desire to fight back”

June 29, 2010 · Posted by Fernando Alonso

It wasn’t the Sunday we were expecting, that’s for sure. The Safety Car appeared at the worst possible moment for us and completely ruined our race. On Sunday evening, I was very angry about everything that happened, but now that anger has been transformed into positive energy driving a desire to fight back. Right from yesterday morning, my mind was already focussed on the next Grand Prix at Silverstone, where we will try and channel all that accumulated energy into the car to try and make up for what escaped us, for one reason or another, in Valencia, even if we know that, in theory, Silverstone is not a track that suits the characteristics of our car.

We were particularly unlucky in terms of the timing of when the safety car appeared on track. It would have only needed a few seconds more or less to totally change our race. It does not achieve much going over the events that followed on. Obviously, in the clear light of day, I am much calmer than I was in the moments immediately following the race. At the time, I reacted emotionally and in that situation, it is all too easy to adopt a tone and say things that can be interpreted wrongly, giving rise to suspicions, something which I had no intention of doing. Sure, I understand that the stewards have a difficult job to do and they have to take decisions that are not easy. What I meant was that those drivers who, like us, respected the regulations, unfortunately, in this situation, suffered much more than those who broke them, even though they were given a penalty. And I am not referring to any of the drivers in particular: it’s a general matter and I think we should talk about it together in a calm way, to ensure that things like this do not happen again. I was pleased to hear that the FIA has reacted promptly, calling an extraordinary meeting of the Sporting Working Group and I am confident, certain even, that all the points up for discussion will be cleared up in a comprehensive fashion.

Even if the Valencia result was not what we wanted, it has not done irreparable damage. It’s true that the gap to the leader has now jumped to 29 points, but we have not even reached the halfway point of the season. We trail by just over one win, so the situation is still very open. The updates we brought to Spain saw us make a step forward and get closer to the front runners. I am satisfied with that, but also aware that we must continue to push on with the development of the F10, because we need to have a car capable of fighting for pole and to give us the edge over our rivals as soon as possible. If we are now 29 points off the championship leader, it means that in the next ten races, we have to score at least 30 more than whoever is in the lead at any one time.

One of the most important aspects of everything that happened on Sunday is the fact that Mark Webber emerged almost completely unhurt from an accident that was as spectacular as it was frightening. It proves once again that the work led by the FIA in terms of safety is absolutely vital and it is clear that one should never get complacent about this element of the sport.

This evening, I will be in front of the television to watch my home team, Spain playing for a place in the quarter finals of the World Cup, against Portugal. It’s a very tough fixture: I reckon there will not be many goals and I just hope the decisive one will be scored by a Spaniard! As for Cristiano Ronaldo, I really hope he saves his goal scoring for next season with Real Madrid.


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  • Tuesday, 29 Jun 2010 06:19 by Melisa Sevi Koç
    Fernando,we are always with you no matter what.Don't worry for anything.We'll be fine and score many points..I hope Spain will win tonight! Take Care!Wish you soooo much luck in Silverstone! Te Quiero! Melisa Sevi Koç from Istanbul!
  • Tuesday, 29 Jun 2010 06:37 by kim canada
    Fernando I am so glad you are feeling better about Sunday. Enjoy your game this evening, I will try to watch it, but I am at work when it starts. I should be home to in time to at least catch some of it. I hope Spain wins for you!!!! Kim (Toronto Canada)
  • Tuesday, 29 Jun 2010 06:37 by Dr.Shanty
    OK, this post is much closer to declaration of one champion then the one after the race. Just calm down and try to manage the pressure. Forza Ferrari !!!
  • Tuesday, 29 Jun 2010 07:00 by Robert Benetek, Slovenia
    Fernando, I really hope and trust that you will be given a bit more competitive car, so that you can prove to everyone that you can dominate any given race track, and not breaking the rules to achieve the maximum result. I really belive in you, that you will, like always, race your heart out an cross the finish line in Silverstone victorious! All your fans in Slovenia are with you, through it all no matter what, and you can never let us down! Vamos Campeon!!! And good luck beating Portugal;)
  • Tuesday, 29 Jun 2010 07:20 by Alan
    After the last race, I support you more than ever before. I believe in you and know that you'll never give up. There are still 10 races to go, and anything is possible. Show them what are you made of! You are simply the best!!! :-)
  • Tuesday, 29 Jun 2010 07:39 by Juliana Brandao
    From over these years supporting you, I have been trying to understand why media has turned your declarations into polemic headlines.You didn't do anything wrong - you follow the regulations and hope that all pilots do the same thing! So, you're completely right in claiming to the stewards and everyone who wants to listen you about the race. What's the problem with that? Anyway, Valencia is past, as you said, let's focus on Silverstone, which I think it'll be very difficult, but as the poet says: "The race is not always swift...but to those who keep on running". With your competence, talent and determination in turning negative situations into positive ones, I can stay calmer, because Ferrari is in the right hands. Good luck with Spain in World Cup and see you in Silverstone!:)Julie from Brazil.
  • Tuesday, 29 Jun 2010 08:32 by Ally
    Great blog. An unfortunate set of circumstances and a lot of bad luck thrown at you in Valencia. Retrospect and the cool light of day can be a great mediator and the bigger person (ie you) acknowledges and accepts that. Looking forward to Silverstone for my first ever GP - I usually just watch on tv. I'll be there supporting you, Fernando. Show them how it's done!
  • Tuesday, 29 Jun 2010 10:51 by
    I absolutely understand what you did after the race. You were angry, that's all. You didn't do anything wrong. It's nice from you to be sorry. We all know, that something is not OK with the stewards, even if you can't say this. Don't care about them, show everybody that you can win without breaking the rules. I appreciate your behaviour. At least the Spaniards have won!! Goo Alonso, goo Spain!! ;) Love from Hungary
  • Wednesday, 30 Jun 2010 01:10 by alfemo
    Hi, Fernando! I couldn't sleep well after the Sunday race as I was and am still so upset about the way the safety car rule was broken by one sneaky driver and the unfairness of how the penalty was given. It just left the bitter taste. But I'm glad to know you are calm now and I think I should feel the same. Once it's done there is no way of going back and undone. It's the same as the England goal against Germany. But I strongly believe FIA will recognize your point and in the future it will be penalized much more severely. Please keep your chin up and have in mind that all your fans are with you!! All the best for you and the team for upcoming races!! From your fan in Japan!!
  • Wednesday, 30 Jun 2010 01:26 by Camila
    Hi Fernando, in Europe Grand Prix you had very bad luck, you lost many important points for championship, but you was honest, because of this reason, now I admire more yet you like person and your work. Good luck in Silverstone! I still believe in you! Go Magic Alonso! Best wishes! Camila from Brazil.
  • Wednesday, 30 Jun 2010 04:00 by FAsternano
    Hi Nano...TOMA TOMA TOMA..firstly Congratulations Espana into Quarterfinal,as you said"Ronaldo really saved his goal for next season" and what a beautiful Goal from Villa once again.BRAVO!! Secondly,so happy to see you building up the energy and willing to fight back..This is our MAN!!!I really believe that you will be the ONE in the end of season..Go Champion,Go Fernando,Go FAster!!! your supporters always :)
  • Wednesday, 30 Jun 2010 04:15 by Jose arellano
    come ooon give hamilton a driving lesson pleasee!
  • Wednesday, 30 Jun 2010 04:31 by Jingjing
    Fernando,we understand your emotional reations after the race,anyone who in that situation will do the same ! But the most important thing is that we will fight fack in the next 10 races! By the way, do you have a crystal ball on the Spain Vs Portugal on the World Cup:):):) Best wishes and kisses from Beijing~~~~
  • Wednesday, 30 Jun 2010 05:46 by Flovie
    glad to see that spain has won the game against portugal. and come on fernando!we can do it better in silverstone!!
  • Wednesday, 30 Jun 2010 06:30 by luke
    Hi Fernando I think I speak for all Ferrari fans around the world, we are very happy that you somehow recognized that it was a mistake to call the Valencia G.P a "manipulated race". Everything that happend with the SC was very unlucky but far from manipulated. I'm glad that you and the team already moved on and intent to transform all the bad energy into something good. We half of the season gone, it's time to fight back, to show the world why your are the best driver in the grid and why Ferrari is the best F1 Scuderia of all times. Keep fighting, Ferrari fans will support you always, till the end no matter the results of the races.
  • Wednesday, 30 Jun 2010 07:14 by Nat.
    Fernando, it will be ok. You will become a world champion. I believe in you.
  • Wednesday, 30 Jun 2010 09:18 by
    fernando go ahead and prove that you are the best driver of all kimo from egypt
  • Wednesday, 30 Jun 2010 09:20 by Claire T
    good for you glad you are turning this around like this! Don't like the idea of you being grumpy lol Just keep doing what you are doing and i'm sure everything will be fine!
  • Wednesday, 30 Jun 2010 09:20 by mohamed abdel kareem
    fernando go ahead and prove that you are the best driver of all kimo from egypt
  • Wednesday, 30 Jun 2010 10:57 by IVAN TENERIFE
    Hi Fernando, I wish you the best for the rest of the championship and hope that all the bad lucky has already has come. All your followers we are enjoying the "8" disputed races and I hope we enjoy the next 10.
  • Wednesday, 30 Jun 2010 11:06 by nj
    I understand your frustration. The safety car is always a lottery which all the teams and drivers try to take advantage. This means some loose. The the two cars that were hit hardest were the Ferrari drivers. This was not the fault of Lewis or or the FIA, safety has to come first. But the current safety car rules MUST be changed. Lewis should not have hesitated and would have passed the line before the safety car, then there would be less to talk about. Instead Lewis slowed and ended up alongside the SC, and crossed the line after it. He was found guilty and punished, the end. SV was not affected, and several drivers including JB, RB etc.. gained an advantage, that's how it works under the current rules. So yes look at changing the rules. Close the pit lane to everyone except any cars damaged due to the SC incident, or drivers who were called into the pits before the SC incident (the transmissions can be checked by the FIA), or for safety reasons (and I don't mean just tyres are past best or bad graining). Anyone pitting CANNOT gain a position advantage and should either go to the back or at least after the position prior to the pitstop. In the end SC incident should NOT be allowed to have a huge effect on the outcome of the race. To eliminate any effect would be impossible, but the current Lottery needs to be stopped.
  • Wednesday, 30 Jun 2010 11:22 by nereaf1
    Hi Fer :) Congratulations for writing this post, to apologize isn't easy. I will be in Silverstone supporting you, I hope not to be the only one with the red cap between all those English... hehe ;) About the football match, finally it had a happy ending for us... Kisses from Asturias ;)
  • Wednesday, 30 Jun 2010 11:42 by Tim Lamkin-USA
    Alonso, stay strong… stay focused, it is times like this, that your competitors see a nick in your armor...ONE that truly does not exists....teach them the way...On the are a Champion.
  • Wednesday, 30 Jun 2010 12:33 by Marta
    Hi Fe, Honey, I fully understand your anger, unfortunately in F1 can not be "so real", but believe in their potential for pilot and man, you can still get the title, do not lose hope! Keep trusting and believing in you so much! Kisses. Marta of Brazil.
  • Wednesday, 30 Jun 2010 01:28 by Mukund
    Hi fernando, we will be with you always...i hope seeing you in on top in britain...all the best im sure you'll win! - Mukund (Finland)
  • Wednesday, 30 Jun 2010 03:19 by kim canada
    Hi Fernando Congrats on the win for Spain!!! hopefully they can keep it up! It is a long weekend in Canada this weekend as July 1st is Canada Day, so I am looking forward to a rest. Have yourself a great weekend and rest up for the next race. You will be great, I just know it!!! Love you always Kim (Toronto Canada)
  • Wednesday, 30 Jun 2010 03:27 by Kiko Sierra
    It doesn't matter what they discourage us with their decisions always supporting the same people, we know too well who is the best, and I will keep supporting you from Avilés, Ireland as now or wherever, because watching you winning makes me happy. So let's win in Silverstone!!
  • Wednesday, 30 Jun 2010 03:50 by edin
    Just hang on Champ!!!!Its pay-back time in Silvestone!!!!!We are with you-dont forget it!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Thursday, 1 Jul 2010 09:15 by Rodri
    Hi Alonso from Gijon. You matched completly with your opinion about Cristiano. JEJE. And don't worry about Hamilton and McLaren estrategys. People will remember Hamilton like a very good driver but no fair play.
  • Thursday, 1 Jul 2010 09:21 by
    Hi fernando! We the fans fully back your comments after the race!! Don't bother what the reporters saying... And as you say transform your anger into a desire to fight back and saw them in silverstone who is the boss!!! Take the pole and the win to silverstone!!! Good luck to you and Ferrari!!!
  • Thursday, 1 Jul 2010 03:59 by Norm
    Be a lion. Drive the best race you can at Silverstone and every other track this year. You will be WDC. If you can, once, mention your fans here in the Philippines Norm, Lyn and our daughter Francesca :-)
  • Thursday, 1 Jul 2010 04:22 by Caroline Swanson
    I want to see your lovely smile at Silverstone Fernando. Best of luck and love from Liverpool xx
  • Thursday, 1 Jul 2010 04:24 by Liliana
    Cheer up, Fernando! You're the best, an inspiration for all of us, keep fighting, man! What happened is discouraging and a shame, but if you can always bounce back. The best drivers always keep standing after all. Just trust yourself and remember we're all with you no matter what! ¡¡DALE NANO!! Liliana de Perú
  • Thursday, 1 Jul 2010 04:50 by Paddy
    keep it going Fernando, as a "scottish tifosi"! we want you to take Hamilton to the cleaners at silverstone! let the F10 blitz the track, you are a legend. -Consistancys key. Paddy,Dundee
  • Thursday, 1 Jul 2010 04:54 by Joakim
    Hi fernando from Joakim. I want to se your 2006 driving back again, aggressive, and so good, i just love to see those movies from then. damn your a good driver. Give hamilton and all of the drivers a lesson. cus i know your the torro on the track. I admire you fernando.
  • Thursday, 1 Jul 2010 05:26 by Ernesto
    Hi Fernando, I hope all the for Silverstone, and keep going, for RedB.. the cars just put on track and drivers only drive, set up is easy for them, as far as I can see. And you have to drive plus work hard to adjust to racing track. The SC must to go out at the end of the last car, never at the midle. And, if the accident need it, has to respect the order like a suspend race, you give way proper.
  • Thursday, 1 Jul 2010 06:30 by Fuza
    Fernando my man, greeting from London. I was very frustrated that Sunday afternoon as the race unfolded. It was very bad both for you and Massa. Then I realised whatever I was feeling, it must be 100 times worse for you and the team. I'm glad you spoke what needed to be said after the race. It was true. The punishment didn't deserved the crime. There is no point beating around the bush. Remember you never are alone in this fight. There are millions of the fans who support you and share the joy and pain of winning and losing along side you and your team at every race. Let's go get'em.
  • Friday, 2 Jul 2010 03:51 by Raúl Wall
    Hi Fernando, I wish the best for the Grand Prix, Silverstone. I imagine that will not compete only with other cars, but with the fans of the English countryman. Well, wish you the best and as he tells the dog to the bone, "Your hard, but I time. Bye.
  • Friday, 2 Jul 2010 04:51 by FAsterNano
    Hi Nano...One more week to go for the next GP..Maybe there are not many your fans will be on the stands,but always remember we yours fans and Ferrari's fans from all around the world are supporting you no matter what!! Please take a deep breath,keep calm and keep cool,just be yourself driving on the track..and we know you can make on the top...!!Go Fernando..FORZA..(ps.I will be watching the World Cup match at 4.30am on Sunday Australian time,wishing the big WIN for ESPANA) TOMA TOMA TOMA...:))
  • Friday, 2 Jul 2010 06:45 by René
    Hi Fernando! I believe in you because you are the formula one King. I know you can win the 2010 World Championship. And one important things: Since 2005 who can win the 1st race finally win the championship! And for example Kimi. Kimi in 2007 was very fortunately. 2 or 3 race before the end he was a lot of disadvantage to you and Lewis. And finally he won. Therefore you fight very hard next and finally I hope you will be the laugher. And wait a very lot of Hungarian people to Hungarian GP!:) René from Hungary.
  • Friday, 2 Jul 2010 09:01 by Philip Cupid
    Dear Fernando, Please continue to press Mclaren and others as hard as you can and be supreme for the glory of the Scuderia!!
  • Friday, 2 Jul 2010 10:48 by Julia Gielniak
    Hi Fernando! I suport you and Ferrari in everything you're doing. I think that it was a great race because Ferrari showed that they respect the rules because they love this sport. I hope that you'll win in the next race and every McFIAren's fan will be furous with it! ;-) You are the BEST! Forza FERRARI! -Julietta from Poland
  • Friday, 2 Jul 2010 04:26 by Xiaogang Mao
    Fernando,I have accepted it as part of F1 race, become calm, I am looking forward your fighting back on the track in the following races. From China
  • Friday, 2 Jul 2010 05:23 by celia
    Fernaindo I will support you whatever how you played .I think you are right .following the rules shoud not be treated like this ,it's unfair! please keep fighting!and I will always be on your side!!!
  • Saturday, 3 Jul 2010 01:41 by saravanan
    we need ferrari a P1 P2 finish...
  • Saturday, 3 Jul 2010 03:00 by sara
    Hello Fernando! You did very well on Valencia race, but I think that you really deserves better position, don't worry about Hamilton, after what did he done he showed us that he don’t race fairly. And congratulations to your home team for wining on Portugal, it was a nice match :) . Sara (Bahrain)
  • Saturday, 3 Jul 2010 05:34 by Jonathan Polis
    Hey Fernando -- greetings from San Antonio Texas. We are anxiously waiting for you to dominate the Silverstone GP. We are pulling for you back here in the United States. Keep the fire alive over there in Maranello - you and Massa bring home the one - two victory this upcoming weekend. Good Luck bro!
  • Saturday, 3 Jul 2010 08:32 by carole`
    hi fernando i am english and have followed you for about five years you have had such a tough time this year but hope you can pull it all back and win the championship good luck at silverstone i was there last year rooting for you i hate it when you get the bad publicity here in the uk
  • Saturday, 3 Jul 2010 09:37 by FAsterNano
    Hi Nano...I can imagin how HAPPY you are now....Congratulations for the world cup..What a brilliant brilliant team work today...Villa is just a champion same as you..!!!Great job for Iker Casillas too..Wonderful team..!! And Now,you definitely have more energy for next GP..Go Fernando Go Espana Go Ferrari!! Never ever give up...:))) TOMA....
  • Sunday, 4 Jul 2010 11:15 by Alexey
    Fernando I perfectly understand you! Be itself and do not pay attention to all this nonsense! I trust in you and always trusted!!! With love from Russia
  • Sunday, 4 Jul 2010 11:38 by Amani
    Fernando The F1 has not been this interresting since Senna and Prost,unfortunately the FIA has a corrupt foundation, which applies the rules and regulations to their own pleasure and interrest, this has made many of us, the true fans of the F1 loose interrest, and requesting Fair Play. The Masquerade created by the FIA after the polemic decicions last week end in Valencia, Followed by the manipulated official press conference, where the questions made to Hamilton were formulated so that he would appear as a hero, instead of a driver who constantly brakes the rules and gets away with it. I know that you will channel your anger from last weeks farse to the race track as you are a true champio, but it is high time to clean the FIA from the corrupt excecutives or to create a new democratic championship.
  • Sunday, 4 Jul 2010 12:28 by olvido
    hi!ferni i watched the world cup at 2:30am at here great ,spain just won .and i think u have watched it too.anyway,good luck to u and spain!u will win in the silverstone!
  • Sunday, 4 Jul 2010 12:38 by Mario from Badajoz
    Go Fernando! Keep the faith, now you are in Ferrari, don't have a megane like other years, they now how to evolution right a car...Everybody made mistakes, try to do what you know, the revenge and driver championship is in your hands. Drive fast and drive hard! Never walk alone! Best wishes for you!
  • Sunday, 4 Jul 2010 07:15 by Anna
    Hi, Ferni! You can do it! You will be the champion! As Bernie said - you're a fighter with a lion's heart. And you (as we all) know - you can! We'll always be with you! Be invincible! Anna (Riga,Latvia)
  • Monday, 5 Jul 2010 07:54 by Noe Izumi
    And I'm sure you will :) Greetings from Gran Canaria!
  • Monday, 5 Jul 2010 07:58 by Chris
    Fernando you r simply the best, leave everything behind and show the world that you r the best,U have already done that by being, double world champion..and u don't use cheat to win strategies like others do..All the best for silverstone..Im sure ul do better..Hope spain takes the FIFA world cup..David villa is already top scorer. More over Rafa Nadal is Wimbeldon Champion..VAMOS!!
  • Monday, 5 Jul 2010 12:03 by Paloma
    Hi Fernando! I am really looking forward to the next race. I am sure you're gonna be at the front and no doubt you'll improve the the recent scores. At least this are my wishes from Madrid. Go Fernando! With Nadal, Lorenzo and our foofball team, you are the one missing in the picture! Take care,
  • Monday, 5 Jul 2010 05:12 by Javier
    Fernando, I beleive in you, in your strength, your skill, your talent and your braveness. Ánimo campeón
  • Wednesday, 7 Jul 2010 12:35 by Qian Ge
    There are no absolute fairness in this world. But we should fight for the relative fairness. No one knows what will happend in the following races (Remenber 2005&2007). What we should do is to try our very best for championships. We will be the winner when next time our competitors are unlucky. Come on! We are the champion!
  • Wednesday, 20 Oct 2010 12:53 by Camila
    Hi Fernando, I'm very anxious by the race in Yeongam. I hope the new circuit will be competitive and exciting. I hope your first race in this circuit will be Fantastic and you win. I always believe you will be world champion! I trust in work of Scuderia Ferrari. Fernando Alonso + Scuderia Ferrari + Passion for racing + Teamwork = Victory Go Alonso! Go Ferrari! Go FASTER! Good Luck in Yeongam! Best wishes! Camila from Brazil.



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