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Ten years in Formula 1, the best of my life

March 23, 2011 · Posted by Fernando Alonso
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Finally, the moment has arrived! I was so impatient to get to the first race and the postponement of the Bahrain Grand Prix made the wait even longer. Yes, it did give the engineers more time to prepare and it meant the work could be done with less haste, but for us drivers, and I think the same applies to all my colleagues, the desire to go racing again is very strong.

It was a very busy winter. After Abu Dhabi, there was not much time to get upset about how the 2010 championship ended. Immediately it was time to role up our sleeves and work on the development of the tyres and on the new car, without thinking too much about what happened. That mishap actually motivated us even more and I am sure that actually, it has made us stronger now. Ferrari is synonymous with passion for racing and all of us are determined to fight back and go for victory.

We have covered so many kilometres in testing and have shown that we have reached a good level of reliability, which is always important. There are reasons to be optimistic, even if we cannot really be sure where we are compared to the others. At the last test, in Barcelona, we introduced a significant number of updates and here in Melbourne we have also brought a newer version of the front wing. We will see if it delivers the expected results, even if I think we will need three or four races to get a clear picture of the situation.

There are so many new things this year, from the moveable rear wing to the return of KERS and especially, the new tyres in the shape of the Pirellis. From what we saw in testing, their degradation is much higher than compared to the Bridgestones: therefore we will see more pit stops and the strategy will be the key to the final result. Qualifying will now be less important, given that an increase in pit stops will add uncertainty to the way the races turn out: our pit stop guys will definitely have more work to do!

These past weeks, there has been a lot of talk about the possible difficulty of managing all the controls we have in the car, especially on the steering wheel. Quite frankly, I don’t think there will be any problems, at least on the safety front. When all is said and done, we are professional drivers and we have to be capable of adapting to any situation. Even when it comes to running the moveable rear wing, I don’t think there will be problems. It seems like a good idea to me, but obviously it is too early to say if it will really make overtaking easier and lead to more excitement. We will start to get an idea this Sunday afternoon.

I arrived in Melbourne on Monday evening, after a very long journey, the longest of the year. I am happy to be starting the season here, because without wishing to take anything away from Bahrain, for many years this was the first race and the atmosphere here is particularly nice and everything feels very familiar, while the racing is usually full of incident and uncertainty, with the safety car usually playing its part. I won here in 2006 and made it to the podium a further three teams, so let’s hope we can repeat that.

It was here ten years ago, that I first set out on the Formula 1 path. I have spent twenty six of my twenty nine years behind a steering wheel, controlling four wheels and ten of those, the best of them, have been spent in the blue riband category. I never would have thought that things would have turned out this way and I have achieved so much more than I had hoped for when I was little. Now I want to continue and for a long time too, trying to have even better years in the future!

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  • Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011 10:08 by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...Welcome to Melbourne..!!! Finally the season is about to start.,we are all ready for the Engine sound in Albert Park...You have achieved so much in these ten years.,we definitely believe in you 200%,..Bring it on this weekend, Fernando...We will be on the Grand stand watching your F150º Italia leading all the way...!! AVANTI..
  • Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011 11:01 by Ferdi Vasapolli
    i am a motor racing fanantic from South Africa and in in particular a Ferrari tifoso. When i was a kid in the '70s, my dad used to take me to the south african gps, and also went to monza to see ferrari take one-two...i am still glued to the tv on practice and race days and was so disappointed with the final outcome last year. i wish you the best of luck for 2011 and hope that you and ferrari win the championships...
  • Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011 11:21 by Mia
    Hi Fernando ! :) I´ve been missing your blogging, finally your back ! :D Love it ! Good Luck the whole weekend and all time you spend on track ! Big hug, Mia,Sweden :)
  • Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011 11:48 by kimcanada
    Hello Fernando Congratuations on 10 years in F1. I have been with you, and have supported you all the way. It is hard to believe isn't it, 10 years, WOW, and you are the best there is and always will be. I hope the new car and the tyres suit you and everything goes great, all season. My brother just came back from Austrailia, he was there for month. He said it is beautiful. I am so exicted about this race, it has been such a long cold winter, and now I have something to really look forward to. I can't wait to see you smile again!!! Good luck this weekend, I know you will be great. Love you lots Kim (Canada)
  • Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011 03:05 by Patrick
    Good Luck this year, Fernando! Bring home both championships!
  • Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011 03:29 by Caroline Swanson
    Welcome back Sunshine! We have all missed you. Your best is yet to come Fernando. I wish you lots of luck for this season. Love as ever from Liverpool xx
  • Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011 04:26 by alonsodz
    go Fernando for the third title :)
  • Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011 04:57 by Edit
    I have been waiting for the new season so long!I'm sure you will be the World Champion of 2011,2012,2013......!We are with you forever!"You will never walk alone!" I wish you a great weekend! Edit from Hungary
  • Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011 05:22 by luke
    Forza Fernando, this is your year, the year you will become a legend, a legend with 3 WDC. Good luck to you and Ferrari...
  • Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011 07:33 by Alison Hatfield
    Hi again Fernando, It's so nice to get a blog from you again. It has been a long time since we last saw you racing. Good luck for this weekend and the whole of the season. I'm sure you'll be world champion again! with love Alison from Wales x
  • Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011 07:43 by Joe Officer
    Fernando All the very best for the 2011/12 season Regards Joe
  • Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011 09:57 by nereaf1
    Thanks for writing again in the blog, Fernando! Good luck for the weekend, I hope to see you in the podium.
  • Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 04:03 by Camila
    Hi Fernando, I'm very happy, 'cause on Sunday my year finally will start! I love F1 since I was born 22 years ago. Congratulations by 10 years of Formula 1! I hope that you win the championship in this year! I'll cheer for you! Thank you by the amazing races! I believe that the Ferrari 150º Italia will be a car very competitive! The car is very beautiful, I thought very nice the Italian flag in the airfoil! Good luck all team! Fernando, good luck in Australia! Go Ferrari! Go F 150º Italia! Go Alonso! Go Faster! Best wishes! Camila from Brazil.
  • Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 09:34 by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...Good to see you in Albert Park today..,you look very fresh.,and full of energy..:) Thank you very much for your autograph on my book & model car of your F10...The Banner is specially designed by my brother just for you, because we believe that you will take the chequed flag in the first Grand Prix in 2011 and we will celebrate together in this circuit...Keep very positive,hope you and team will have very good results in following days, also with a victory on Sunday...!! Go fighting,Go FAster,Go Fernando...!!
  • Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 01:15 by Jonathan
    Hi Fernando I am so glad we hav a natural leader back at my beloved scuderia. I think loosing the championship last year has made you and the team much stronger. I wish you and the team all the best for the coming season And I dare say all of Italy, Spain and a little corner of northern england will be cheering you on every practice session, qualifier, and race... FORZA FERNANDO. FORZA FERRARI ........
  • Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 07:35 by kimo
    fernando i hope you good luck take care in australia kimo from egypt
  • Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 08:59 by Francisco Mediavilla
    Hi Fernando, you are great and you bring hope to spainish people that love the formula 1 when you won the formula1 championsihip in 2005 and 2006. I was criying with joy then. Like Obama´s slogan "Yes we can" and we can with you. Go Faster!! Go Fernando!! and how used to tell you briattore, Bravo Fernando, Bravísimo.
  • Friday, 25 Mar 2011 07:00 by Pratish
    Hi Fernando, its good to have you back... n thank you for giving 10 good years to see a great racer. Its always been fun to c you racing. Hope this year you will give all of us a Champ crown. Eagerly waiting for season opener to c u racing. Pratish (India)
  • Friday, 25 Mar 2011 08:21 by Ani Miteva
    Hi, Fernando! I believe that you will be great this weekend :) Actually, at the end of the race, on the podium, I'm going to look at the very top of the TV screen, cuz' you will be there ;) Greetings from Bulgaria.
  • Friday, 25 Mar 2011 08:54 by Nagore
    Yeah, finally in Melbourne!!! Best wishes guys!!!
  • Friday, 25 Mar 2011 09:31 by Marine from France
    Hello Fernando. Finally the races begin! I wish you the best for this new season, a lot of podiums and victories, and mostly fun on driving. Good luck to you and all the team.
  • Friday, 25 Mar 2011 11:26 by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...you did good jobs today ..We enjoyed watching you and your F150º Italia in each single lap on the track., just so beautiful....!!! It will be another cold weather tomorrow.,please drive carefully!! we will wave your flags on the Grandstand of your left hand side in the first corner......!! Wishing you the very best luck for Qualifying tomorrow, and have better pace...Grande Fernando.. TOMA.......!!
  • Friday, 25 Mar 2011 08:38 by
    I wish you good luck. from Japan.
  • Friday, 25 Mar 2011 10:36 by Shathiso Ntibi
    Hello Fernando.. we have all been waiting patiently, sometimes impatiently to see you behind the wheel again, good luck this weekend! !! Give them hell.. Shathiso from Botswana
  • Saturday, 26 Mar 2011 11:37 by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...Firstly, Thank you very much for looking after your fans..It is my best day in 2011 so far..,I am so pleased to meet you today.!! About the result,P5 in Qualifying this afternoon.,we all know you gave it all,unfortunately didn't make to the top.,but never give up.,as the real battle will be tomorrow..!! Once again,keep our fingers crossed and wishing you all the best..!!! Fernando,you are a true fighter..We are all with you.....!! Forza...:)
  • Saturday, 26 Mar 2011 01:38 by Flovie
    Hi Fernando,these years are also the best time of my life.Thank you!
  • Saturday, 26 Mar 2011 04:52 by Luisa Cambras
    Hola Ferito ... late late late message to wish you lots of luck in the Australian GP tomorrow mi carino ... for me this first race of the 2011 season feels like a million years (and miles) away from Abu Dhabi and I hope you feel the same sense of positive anticipation about what the coming year is assuredly going to bring for you (and I don’t mean just winning the races?!?) ... I must convey my congratulations to you for surviving a whole decade in Formula One (Happy Anniversary for tomorrow!) and still being as passionate and enthusiastic about racing (and striving to win) as you ever were ... lots of lessons learned and valuable experience gained over the past ten years Ferito but always remember that ‘whatever doesn’t kill you can only make you stronger’ and (hopefully) stiffen your determination!! And so ... your liaison ‘down under’ with Ms Melbourne looms ... you know each other well and the old Ossy broad likes to bring you out of your shell ... she likes a man who drives with guts and gumption ... a bit of oomph and pizazz ... she likes ‘em rough, rugged and ready ... a bit of stubble on the chin (oh yeah!) ... and she’s really impressed if her admirers fight hammer and tong to win (her over) ... so you’re in with a good chance tomorrow Ferito ha! ha! Good luck with the new Pirellis’, KERS and moveable rear wing (phew talk about having to multi-task?) and I hope your pit-stops and strategies all go swimmingly ... I will of course be watching closely tomorrow to see what unfolds in the race (my alarm is already set) and as always willing you on mi campeon ... drive as if you life depended on it!! xxxxxxx
  • Sunday, 27 Mar 2011 04:58 by MCTAN
    Hi! Fernando, you have done your best during qualifying. P5 is not a bad position to start the first race. I wish you all the best in Sunday race. I know you will be on podium.
  • Sunday, 27 Mar 2011 09:38 by Ani
    Fernando, you were soo great today, you made the racing so awesome! It wouldn't have been so interesting if it weren't for you. Remember, it is always good to have many enemies, it means that you have achieved a lot ;) still, you have much more fans, and we're giving you all of the support we can. Congratulations for the 4th place, I know it's not the most wanted one, but you made a great show today! Thank you for making my day so happy, you just gave me an inspiration to learn my lessons for tomorrow :D AND REMEMBER - MALAYSIA IS YOURS!!! I'm sure of that. Greetings from Bulgaria. Ani
  • Sunday, 27 Mar 2011 09:53 by konstantin
    Hi Fernando! We very much waited for the beginning of a season. all family looked race and worried about you. The season beginning very good and excellent race. We trust that you will become the champion in 2011. Konstantin. Russia
  • Sunday, 27 Mar 2011 02:07 by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...Congratulations for the result today..!! We all know you are a true FIGHTER. Unfortunately,you dropped to P9 in the first corner..,but you managed to fight back.. We enjoyed to watch all the great overtaking and all your movement..You really did a brilliant job today..,we are so proud of you ..!! Once again.,it's such a pleasure to meet you in the circuit..How lucky we are ^_^ Thank you so so much Fernando,You made our 4 days AUS Grand Prix spectacular !! It definately will be the best memory in 2011 for us 2 FAsters and We will be looking forward to meet you again in Albert Park, See you in 2012... Good luck in Malaysian Grand Prix...!! TOMA.....Muchas Gracias....!!!
  • Monday, 28 Mar 2011 11:20 by kimcanada
    Hi Fernando Congratulations on the race today, 4th is terrific, you were terrific, as always. It was a very exciting race, right up to the end. You always fight, never giving up, that is what I admire about you. I never have to worry if you lose a few places, you always fight and make your way back, terrific job. That is why you are the best!!! Love you lots, Kim (Canada)
  • Monday, 28 Mar 2011 11:49 by Jeffrey Lopez
    Hi Nano...! congrats to the Aus grad prix I know you do everything to that race to get points but it short to get P1
  • Monday, 28 Mar 2011 05:00 by luis - Compra Venta de Carros
    Hi Fernando, good result in Australia, although we like to see you again on the podium. Ferrari hope will improve the car. Come for the championship

 

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