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In China to seize every opportunity

April 13, 2011 · Posted by Fernando Alonso

I arrived in Shanghai this morning. Two days relaxing were much needed after what was a very tough weekend in Sepang and now I’m ready for the second race in as many weekends, which also brings to an end the first run of Grands Prix outside Europe. I was disappointed not to get to the podium in Malaysia, as it was within my reach and it would have been a great result. It would also have been useful in terms of being a nice morale booster. Unfortunately, things did not work out the way we wanted and we paid a very heavy price for the failure on the system that runs the moveable rear wing. I know that the engineers, with whom I’ve been in touch a lot over these past days, have discovered the problem and fixed it. If the system had worked, I could comfortably have got past Hamilton on the pit straight and I would not have found myself having to fight him wheel to wheel and taking risks. What happened is part of racing and you have to accept it: I was quicker than him and so I had to try and pass, otherwise I would have been caught by those behind us. As for the penalty I was given, I already said on Sunday night in Sepang, I don’t want to talk about it because it changes nothing.

As we had already seen in Australia, once again in Malaysia, our race pace was much better than that in qualifying. In Sepang, both Felipe and I were running at a pace good enough to get to the podium and that was an important indication, even if we did not end up getting all we could have done. Clearly, I would like to always be fighting for the win but, at the moment, one car, Vettel’s Red Bull, seems to be out of reach.

In Maranello, the engineers are working a lot to try and improve the performance of the 150º Italia. In Shanghai, we are due to try a new front wing and a few other aero updates: let’s hope they bring us something, but we will have to evaluate them very carefully in Friday’s practice. Our aim in this Grand Prix will be similar to the one in Malaysia, which means to make the best of qualifying and try to exploit any opportunity that comes our way during the race. It should be much cooler this weekend than in Sepang, more like what we experienced in Melbourne. Starting on Friday, we will see how the tyres behave and once again we have the Hard as the Prime compound and the Soft as the Option. Malaysia produced a different situation to the first race but we still need to work out how much was down to the temperatures and how much to the nature of the circuits, in terms of their layout and surface.

I spoke to President Montezemolo after the Malaysian race: he was not happy and why would he be, as I was not either. We know we need to react quickly to make up the gap to the championship leader. It’s true that if you compare the situation after the first two races of 2010 with this year, we are a long way behind: back then, yours truly was in the lead and Vettel was quite a way off, but it’s also true that, if you take into consideration the individual races in Australia and Malaysia, I have got eight points more than was the case last year. It’s a bit of a game, but it’s also a way to understand that there are different ways of looking at things, even direct opposites. Also not to be taken seriously was the joke our President made about a hypothetical fantasy government made up of drivers: I thank him for having thought of me for the role of premier, but I’d rather stick to racing!


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30 responses so far

  • Wednesday, 13 Apr 2011 01:05 by luke
    Fantastic race last weekend, shame that that little accident happen, it was an epic race for you with lots of overtaking. The podium was so deserved :( Anyway, another race this weekend, another ray of hope for Ferrari and you. Go for the pdoium agin. Good luck!!
  • Wednesday, 13 Apr 2011 01:20 by KimCanada
    Hi I am writing to wish you good luck in China this weekend. Last race you fought hard, you tried your best, and you should hold your head high. I am SO proud of you. Fernando please remember one thing, LIFE HOLDS FOR YOU ONE GUARANTEE, THROUGH GOOD TIMES, OR BAD TIMES, YOU WILL ALWAYS HAVE ME Many many kisses, hugs, and tons of love I give to you from the bottom of my heart Kim (Canada)
  • Wednesday, 13 Apr 2011 01:27 by Sheryl
    Welcome to Shanghai! Unfortunately because of the study and the important exam later on, I can't go to the circuit to show my support with many other fans. But I'll certainly sit in front of the TV to watch the race and keep my fingers crossed. (and I believe there will be a lot of fans wearing the red shirts and Fasters ;) ) The race in Malaysia was a little bit frustrating. But let the bitter memory be gone with the wind, and tomorrow is another day. Hopefully the performance of the car here can be competitve. We are not worried. Always To Be Faster! Best wishes a little girl from Shanghai, China
  • Wednesday, 13 Apr 2011 02:02 by Marie-Claire Vandamme
    Dear Fernando, I must say I was very dissapointed too, it all looked so good and the podium was within reach. Then you had such a bad pitstop and then the failure of the rear wing ....I could not believe it. Like you say last year this time Vettel was quite a way off, but he became the worldchapion at the end, so, there's no reason to panick, everything is still possible. Yoy always put the maximum possible out of the car, there's nothing more you can do ! So keep up the good work, think positive (and stay very cool and calm, like they always say to you over the radio :) ) ! I have every faith in you and support you all the way ! Kind regards from Claire (Belgium)
  • Wednesday, 13 Apr 2011 04:12 by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...Good to read your messages again..:) Yes.,It's such a difficult season start for You and team, but we Fans here know that you are all working so hard to try to get all elements right and fix the problems...We will definitely keep believing and keep positive..,Because we know you will turn the situation better..!! TOMA...!!
  • Wednesday, 13 Apr 2011 06:07 by Veronica
    Dear Fernando, in my opinion the race in Malaysia went really well and I believe, that if you had had a little bit more luck, you would have finished second or at least third.. You were driving amazingly :) But now it doesn't mind.. There are still many races to go and I believe in you and in Ferrari, that things will go much better :) You all are very strong and well motivated :) and as for Vettel and his RedBull.. nobody can be lucky forever ;) I'll again keep my fingers crossed for you during qualification and race.. Hope this time it'll help a little :)) Love, Veronica from the Czech Republic
  • Wednesday, 13 Apr 2011 06:33 by Shathiso Ntibi
    Hello Fernando.. these are tough times, you drove extremely well at Malaysia! and unfortunately didn't get a podium. I would love to see you beating other cars by a second, but competition is tough and its times like this that bring out the best in you! show them who is the best!
  • Wednesday, 13 Apr 2011 07:26 by Mia
    Good Luck Fernando ! :) Hug, Mia
  • Thursday, 14 Apr 2011 08:02 by Jingjing from Beijing
    Fernando,good luck in Shanghai~
  • Thursday, 14 Apr 2011 04:00 by Tina Panos
    YOU CAN DO IT!!!!! Looking for the happy dance on top of the Ferrari in parc ferme!!! #1 Waiting!!!
  • Thursday, 14 Apr 2011 08:07 by Angel Arias
    hi fernando, I wanted to tell you you're the best driver and every weekend I do live in a top Formula1. thanks.
  • Friday, 15 Apr 2011 01:24 by Israel
    I don't understand your penalty. Why to you? It's unfair. Fortunately doesn't change anything and doesn't matter, but only in this case. What if you lose points? The penalty was there and at the end of the season could be lost the championship by one point. It doesn't would be the fist time.
  • Friday, 15 Apr 2011 05:06 by Camila
    Hi Fernando, I believe the engineers will improve the Ferrari 150º Italia. In last year many people didn't beleive that Ferrari and you would fight by the championship. But I always believed and I still believe. Good Luck in China! Go Ferrari! Go Engineers! Go Ferrari 150º Italia! Go Alonso! Go Faster! Best wishes! Camila from Brazil.
  • Friday, 15 Apr 2011 07:56 by Nagore
    Although the car isn't competitive enough it seems to be faster on Sundays and that's good point. I like it! This will be a hard weekend again, I hope you add as many points as possible. It would be excellent see you on the podium. I know it is pretty difficult right now. Best wishes!
  • Friday, 15 Apr 2011 08:59 by Angie Fuller
    Hi Fernando, all I can say is keep pushing it will come around for you, you are one of the most talented natural drivers on the grid and Ferrari will give the car to match this then we will see you world champion again. Good Luck in China Nano, lets hope the mishaps are in your favour this weekend, drive safely and get on that podium! Congratulations on the sarcasm in UK press interviews its great to watch you catch out biased british interviewers, your wit is appreciated and its good to see you smiling too!
  • Saturday, 16 Apr 2011 01:16 by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...Wishing you the best luck in Qualifying today.......xoxoxoxo
  • Saturday, 16 Apr 2011 07:15 by Donna grace navalta
    Hi Best Driver!:-) Yeah i was inSepang & i am extremely sad with the everyone says here..We believe in you..we believe in Ferrari.. Make us proud as always! We will keep on hanging on! Hugs hugs Donna
  • Saturday, 16 Apr 2011 12:03 by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...Congratulations P5 in Qualifying...You had a good pace in Q1 today and we do believe that you will fight very hard to get on the podium tomorrow,as you always give it all...Go Fernando...!!
  • Sunday, 17 Apr 2011 12:10 by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...It's such a difficult race today..,But you really did your best to score some value points...And now.,we really hope Team will have big improvement before the Turkish Grand Prix...Fernando, please take a deep breath, have a good break and recharge full of batteries in next 2 weeks. Then we will see you return in the best condition and not only ready to fight for the podium, also fight for the POLE position.!!!Yours supporters always from TWN & AUS....xoxoxoxo
  • Sunday, 17 Apr 2011 05:02 by kimcanada
    Hi Fernando No worries, the season is long, look at last year, never say never, you will come back strong, just like last year, everytime you said you would be on the podium, you were. Relax, and just be yourself. Remeber that you can do anything you put your mind too, we have seen it so many times before. I have complete faith in you, you are the best. Just be yourself and keep smiling Love you lots Kim (Canada)
  • Sunday, 17 Apr 2011 05:03 by stela
    you are the number one arriba alonso
  • Monday, 18 Apr 2011 07:46 by Caroline Swanson
    Keep positive Fernando, and don't worry. Things change fast in F1, you still finished the race and added some more points. Take care, enjoy your break & see you in Turkey! Love from Liverpool xx
  • Monday, 18 Apr 2011 12:28 by Paula
    Come on, Fer. If someone is able to do it are you!!
  • Tuesday, 19 Apr 2011 12:28 by xavi
    keep fighting, Fer. We'll see you at the top again pretty soon. You're the best! Un abrazo desde Madrid.
  • Tuesday, 19 Apr 2011 04:50 by Adil
    Go Fernando !! Even if you didn't reach the podium these last 3 races, we had awesome time watching you fighting and overtaking other cars(Lewis, Michael...). Maybe history will only remember victories and titles (even some lonely winners) but the heart of fans will never forget the great actors of great battles (I have never seen a grand prix with Arnoux, Moss or Gilles Villeneuve but I know who they were). Ferrari will never forget how to make a fast car. Sooner or later victories will come. Bon courage et Forza Ferrari !!! Rendez vous au Grand prix de Catalogne !!!!!
  • Wednesday, 20 Apr 2011 03:44 by MCTAN
    Hi! Fernando, don't worry! you and Ferrari will be on top of the grid. The season is long. We have faith in you and the team. You are the best. Just do the best you can, and podium will come. Fan from M'sia.
  • Thursday, 21 Apr 2011 05:08 by Nagore
    Hi!!! I’m sorry the China GP wasn’t as everyone wished. It seems that Ferrari’s real position is 4th or 5th and in my opinion this would be a good result until the 150 Italia is improved. Sometimes do the best means be 1st and other times 4th. I know that for Ferrari is not a comfortable situation but I think there aren’t many choices because in this condition more ambitious intentions could be even worse. No drama!!! Last year the champion got 256 points and if I’m not wrong 7th+ 6th+ 4*5th + 4*4th + 3*3rd + 6*2nd = 257. There are 19 or 20 races, it means a great deal of different combinations. If there is something that 150 italia seems to have that’s RELIABILITY. Come on guys! Don’t get nervous, impatient or obsessed by the podium. Just do your best whatever it is! Best wishes Alonso!!
  • Thursday, 21 Apr 2011 04:56 by Kimcanada
  • Thursday, 21 Apr 2011 05:53 by Luisa Cambras
    Hola Ferito … remember that … when things go wrong as they sometimes will when the road you’re trudging seems all uphill when your mood is low and your spirits aren’t high and you want to smile but you have to sigh when care is pressing you down a bit rest if you must but don’t you quit success is failure turned inside out the silver tint of the clouds of doubt and you never can tell just how close you are it may be near when it seems afar so stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit because it’s when things seem their worst that you must not quit!! el envío muchos abrazos y desearles una Pascua muy feliz mi carino xxxxxxx
  • Friday, 22 Apr 2011 05:05 by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...You know we are here for you, with you, love you and support you always...Things will be changed as long as we don't give up...Wishing you & family a happy Easter!! xoxoxo



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