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We must keep going down this road

May 11, 2011 · Posted by Fernando Alonso
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It’s been a long week of work, starting on Tuesday May 3 with a session on the simulator. It has only just finished today as we kept working with the engineers to prepare as well as we can for the coming races. In between came the grand prix in Istanbul, where we took our first podium of the year. It was about time because we’d missed out on finishing a race in the top three for too long, but what was especially important was to fight for the top places until the end. That already happened in China with Felipe and in the two previous races we were also close to the podium: finally we have now achieved what we were capable of.

Third place was also important for the morale of the team. We were all unhappy with a start to the season that did not live up to expectations and we know how much good it does to see that the efforts expended every day are paying off. But we certainly can’t be happy with a third place and what matters most is that we must be much more competitive in qualifying. If we always start from the third row or lower it’s a struggle to fight for the podium. We have a lot of irons in the fire and we hope that as early as next week in Barcelona we will have new parts that allow us to take an important step forward in qualifying as well.

You know I like playing with numbers – and as I travelled backwards and forwards between home, Maranello and Turkey, I made a comparison between my first four races of last year and those of this year in the corresponding grands prix. What came out of this little game was that compared to 2010 I’m eight points short (49 versus 41) but in the same four races, this year I’ve brought home 13 more points compared to last year (41 versus 28). It’s true that my current gap to the top of the drivers championship is much greater (52 points) compared to what I had after Shanghai 2010 (11 points) but I well recall that after Silverstone we were 47 points away and we only had eight races left. Today we still have 15 grands prix to come. This shows that you can look at the same thing in two different, even completely opposite ways. What matters are results and we’ve started to make the podium: we must do that regularly and if so I’m convinced that we will again be able to fight for the title.

On Sunday morning in Istanbul there was a serious accident in the GP2 race, which involved our driver, Davide Rigon. I’m very sorry for him as he will have to stop racing for a while. We hope that he recovers soon – and I say that also for selfish reasons because he was doing precious work for us in the simulator.

Now I’m returning home: a few days of rest before a very demanding double-header made up of Barcelona, one of my home races, and Monaco. Now we hope to keep going down the road we took in Turkey.

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  • Wednesday, 11 May 2011 12:06 by Nick
    keep it up Fernando and Felipe! we believe in you! Forza Ferrari!
  • Wednesday, 11 May 2011 12:34 by Shathiso Ntibi
    hello Fernando, you showed everyone why your still regarded as the best,you were absolutely relentless! Its just the spark the team needed and your fans. Felicidade fernando, from shathiso in botswana
  • Wednesday, 11 May 2011 01:24 by lupe
    Fantastic job in Turkey, you looked very happy and positive after the race, I hope yo can transfer that emotions to the fine people at Maranello, we need the best from the best people at Maranello, we can let Vettel run away with the title. Forza Ferrari and Alonso!:
  • Wednesday, 11 May 2011 02:08 by kimcanada
    Fernando, I agree that is was time you were on the podium, and I think it is wonderful that all of your hard work has paid off. You getting third place was also good for me, because I do not like to see you unhappy after a hard fought race. I loved reading your numbers game, Last year, you told us that you needed to get on the podium for all of the final races, and you did it, so I have no doubt that you will do it again, and end up winning the championship for the 3rd time. I will say a prayer for the GP2 driver, I think I saw that accident, it was awful. I wish him a speedy recovery I am with you always, I share with you the joy when you are happy, and I wish I could comfort you when things don't go well, either way, you are never far from my thoughts. You are my hearts inspiration and my hero, and I love you a lot. Have yourself a good rest Please take care of yourself, because your life matters. Love always Kim (Canada) XXXXOOOO
  • Wednesday, 11 May 2011 02:08 by Caroline Swanson
    Hola Fernando! I am going on holiday with my husband to the Pyrenees for 3 weeks,so I wish you well for Spain & Monaco. Please make it back to back podiums, as this would show consistency and progress, as well as more points on the board. I was giddy with delight to see you take 3rd in Istanbul. Take care & enjoy yourself! Love from Liverpool xx
  • Wednesday, 11 May 2011 02:52 by Nacho
    You´ve done a great job since the start of the season. Congratulations for your podium. Victory is not far, esperemos que sea en Montmeló!! (^_^)
  • Wednesday, 11 May 2011 02:54 by 'Amirah
    Let's keep this fighting spirit. I have faith in you, Fernando. All the best for the Spanish GP. Take care.
  • Wednesday, 11 May 2011 07:13 by Rachel Dion
    Fernando, I first want to congratulate you for the podium ... A third place to second taste of ... But the important thing is that you can develop the car and give all their fans a victory in his country! This will encourage everyone and make everyone believe more and more that you should never dispose of a Championship!!! Go Nanooooo!!!
  • Wednesday, 11 May 2011 07:46 by L from Canada
    Congratulations on a podium, Fernando! I always enjoy hearing you speak (along with the other winners) after the race. You are right, there is much to still do yet this road you are now going down is very promising. Looking forward to another good result in Barcelona with all your Spanish fans there to cheer you on.
  • Wednesday, 11 May 2011 07:51 by Javier
    Come on Nano! I´m sure that you will be in the first positions in our country's GP. Regards from Zamora!!!
  • Wednesday, 11 May 2011 09:10 by Alberto
    You have just raced beautifully! I enjoyed so much your race and your podium finish. This season has just started. Best wishes! Avanti Fer!!!
  • Wednesday, 11 May 2011 09:33 by nereaf1
    Hi Fernando, it's nice to hear about you again, and it was fantastic to see you on the podium last weekend. It would be incredible if you won next race here in Spain... Or if you were on the podium again at least... Well, we will see. I'm so sad about Rigon's accident, I hope he recovers soon ;)
  • Wednesday, 11 May 2011 10:13 by Diego Raphael
    It's very good to see you fighting again. I hope you get a good car for fightin for the championship and bring it on home for us. You deserve your third title a long time. And we will always supportin you! Good Luck and a good car!
  • Wednesday, 11 May 2011 10:21 by Carol Cross
    Thank you Fernando - at last the long awaited podium finish! I can feel a win coming on very soon!!! X
  • Thursday, 12 May 2011 05:01 by Nizla
    Alonso! As a financial analyst myself, I find your grip on numbers impressive! :) good luck with Spain and I'm sure you'll have super awesome race there, with a number 1 finish to keep the home crowd wild! :) Best wishes, Niz from Sri Lanka
  • Thursday, 12 May 2011 12:02 by Joe Officer
    Well done in Istanbul Alonso All the best for the ferrari racing team in Barcelona From Ferrari owner 308GTB and 430 Regards joe
  • Thursday, 12 May 2011 04:35 by Aneesha
    Congratulations on your podium finish in Turkey! It was a great boost for fans too. I knew you would do well. =D Also, good luck for Barcelona & Monaco! No doubt you'll be doing your best, as usual! I have faith that you can get on the podium again. Much love & best wishes for you and the team, Aneesha (UK)
  • Friday, 13 May 2011 05:28 by Camila
    Hi Fernando, Congratulations! Thanks by the amazing race! I was very happy by the third place! Every point is more important in the championship! I'm anxious to see the updates packet to Spain! I think will be great! Go Alonso! Go Ferrari! Go Faster! Go F150º Italia! Good Luck in Barcelona! Best wishes! Camila from Brazil.
  • Friday, 13 May 2011 11:27 by Kiril
    Well, looks like you are the only one who can challenge Vettel for the title. Just like in 2010. I hope it's your turn now.
  • Saturday, 14 May 2011 08:33 by
    forza ferrari,forza Fernando
  • Sunday, 15 May 2011 04:13 by Puri
    C'mon Fernando! You are the best! Spain! Cadiz
  • Monday, 16 May 2011 12:23 by edin
    We belive in you Fernando,please dont give up,we know you can made it :) EL MEJOR!!!!
  • Tuesday, 17 May 2011 07:54 by Mohd. Kamran
    C'mon Alonso you are the best among the current drivers, so just try and give them the tough competetion.
  • Tuesday, 17 May 2011 08:54 by Anthony
    Good luck in spain Alonso.
  • Wednesday, 18 May 2011 02:21 by Nagore
    Excellent job in Turkey!!! I hope you take the second podium of the season in Barcelona. You deserve it and we too, haha. Best wishes

 

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