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I tried to the very end

May 30, 2011 · Posted by Fernando Alonso

I arrived in Maranello late this morning and in the afternoon, I was involved in some PR activities. I also got the chance to meet two of our young FDA drivers, Raffaele Marciello and Brandon Maisano, who were at Fiorano for a Formula 3 test. Then, I headed off for Parma where tonight I am playing in the “Partita del Cuore” (game of the heart) a three-way football tournament which is raising funds for the Telethon charity.

Over twenty four hours have passed since the end of the Monaco Grand Prix and I certainly haven’t changed my mind. Yesterday we had a real chance of taking our first win of the season and the interruption following the accident with Petrov and Alguersuari robbed us of the chance of trying to the very end. In the second part of the race, after the pit stop, I tried to save the tyres specifically to be prepared for the closing laps, when I hoped I’d be able to make the most of it if Sebastian had any difficulties with his tyres, given he’d been on the same set for many laps. Unfortunately, that plan went out the window, but you have to accept it, because we know that situations like the one we saw in Monaco yesterday happen quite often.

Immediately after the race, I said the fight for the title was getting ever more difficult, not to say impossible. Sure, if Vettel ends up winning a race in which we felt there was a chance of victory, then you get a feeling of disappointment, but that does not mean will not continue working hard at the track and back home on developing the car. Clearly the gap in the championship is widening all the time: we can do the maths, but neither myself nor the team are used to throwing in the towel. Already today, I’ve been talking to the engineers about the new parts we will have in Montreal, but above all, of the steps forward we must take for Silverstone, when we will back at a track which requires a lot of aerodynamic downforce. That’s where we will really see how our season is going to pan out. Up until then, we want to and we must believe in ourselves.

I am pleased to hear that Sergio Perez has already left the Monaco hospital this afternoon. He had a truly horrible accident and the fact he came out of it almost unscathed is a clear indication of the progress made in terms of Formula 1 car safety. You can never do away with the risks completely, but they can be significantly reduced for the drivers and for all those who work at the track.


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56 responses so far

  • Monday, 30 May 2011 06:28 by kimcanada
    Hi Fernando I am not giving up on your chances at the championship this year, I know it will be difficult, but I think you can do it. I can't wait for you to come to Canada, I live about 6 hours west of Montreal, and I have tell you, we have had the worst weather. It has rained for almost a month, so if you would be so kind, could you PLEASE bring the sunshine with you when you come??? :))) Hugs Love always Kim (Canada)
  • Monday, 30 May 2011 06:29 by David
    Great Job Fernando! You made us all dream again this weekend. Keep pushing! Red Bull cannot be invincible forever!
  • Monday, 30 May 2011 06:32 by oscar
    Nice race yesterday all was waiting u get the first place but we can't do that... But very nice race gratz and good luck for canada
  • Monday, 30 May 2011 07:09 by Saeedur Rahman
    It was great to see you fighting it out.But we know how difficult the situation still is.You're right,Silverstone will really show how much of an advance we have made.But all the time,it's about trying and trying with something effective.
  • Monday, 30 May 2011 07:12 by Shathiso Ntibi
    Hello Fernando.. You drove extremely well and made the most of your opportunities, its a shame about the end of the race and the end of qualifying, but all in all a great result, like you i feel that you could have taken the top step its a shame.. hopefully in Canada the car will be even more competitive. Forever supporting you to the end.. from Shathiso in Botswana
  • Monday, 30 May 2011 07:15 by Fabian
    Forza Alonso e Forza Ferrari, If anyone can do it it's you Fernando
  • Monday, 30 May 2011 08:28 by Rach.
    great race! everything was amazing, was a second place with the taste of victory and first place, we all have seen the race can felt it! ;)))
  • Monday, 30 May 2011 09:38 by jarucho
    Come on Fer, keep pushing, the reward will come. The best pilot should have the best car, but people that understand a bit about F1 know this is not the case now. I do not know if the car will improve enough, but one thing is clear, you do not need to improve any more, cause you are simple the best driver and you are some steps over the F150 performance right now. Best regards from Valladolid!! Ánimo nano!
  • Monday, 30 May 2011 09:59 by Avinash
    Fernando it was great watching you fight it out with Vettel on track, the passion in the Scuderia was evident.. Good Luck for the next race, the Tifosi are with you always !!
  • Tuesday, 31 May 2011 01:28 by asu
    I trust you and I'll wait for you.
  • Tuesday, 31 May 2011 01:52 by
    Fantastic Alonzo. .. what a drive. The car felt good didn't it. You can ride those curves all day long with that setup. Silver Stone is another thing. Thank you Scuderia Ferrari.
  • Tuesday, 31 May 2011 01:55 by
    The team did a supurlative job preparing the car. Fantastic
  • Tuesday, 31 May 2011 03:49 by lupe
    Bravo!!!, a well deserved 2nd place. From 4th to 2nd probably in the 3rd best car of the grid. Loved your start again, keep up the good work. Forza Alonso and Ferrari!
  • Tuesday, 31 May 2011 03:57 by joshua
    alonso!!! :) super fanastic race in monaco!..that the best! performance i have ever seen!! that all-over-vettel thing was a great show! i have never seen anything like that in a tight twisting track..thats how good you are! keep it up dude! go beat-up vettel its shows now that you are the only driver that can bring the big fight to vettel and can even win...with a under performancing car!...more like that in the next few races will be good and increase chances of 1st! on podium!..and also bring the best performance in singapore GP with your gold helment! GOOD RACING, GOOD FIGHT AND GOOD WIN!! Joshua singapore
  • Tuesday, 31 May 2011 10:56 by Hannah-Marie
    You drove a beautiful race Fernando. Don't stop fighting until the end!
  • Tuesday, 31 May 2011 11:02 by Balázs Szabó
    Fernando, I don't know whether you have any time to read our comments, but I want to say to you: you are the best driver I have ever seen in my life. It's not just my own opinion, many people think like me. You are not only the fastest and incredible on the track, but you do a fantastic job off the track, as well. Your motivation is fantastic, I wish everybody had such a great commitment in his own life and then the whole world would be fantastic. I am looking forward to the Hungarian GP and I hope I can meet you and show my love to Ferrari! FOrza Fernando and Ferrari!
  • Tuesday, 31 May 2011 12:18 by Tasos
    Congratulations Fernando! You make us proud. Fantastic race in Monaco. Red Bull were so luck this weekend. The victory was yours in normal conditions. Nevermind lad! Keep on fighting. In the next races, having an updated car you will be able to challenge Vettel for the championship. Forza Ferrari! Forza Fernando! Tasos from Greece
  • Tuesday, 31 May 2011 01:52 by 'Amirah
    Congrats Alonso. Thumbs up! :)
  • Tuesday, 31 May 2011 03:08 by Slava
    Great race. I remember I posted last message, in which I begged you to make good starts. And you've done them at Spain and Monaco!!! So, now, I ask you again: please, win at the Canada. I know, you can. (you're like genie, who fullfil my wishes; one you have done, and one you have to make; after your win at Canada I will ask for the last wish:)))). Greetings from my mother, your sincerely, fan from Ukraine.
  • Tuesday, 31 May 2011 03:25 by
    I'm still disappointed, and I saw on your face that you were too yesterday, but we have to step over and forget this race. It can't happen that Vettel is so so lucky. No. It's simply impossible. In Canada you'll win and show who's the king!!! Never give up! L. from Hungary
  • Tuesday, 31 May 2011 06:18 by Ricardo Consulini
    If you can not do it Fer, No one can. Keep it up.
  • Wednesday, 1 Jun 2011 08:10 by Eszter Oroszi
    Fernando, you ar amazing! Thank you for bringing excitement to the races! Keep going! x
  • Wednesday, 1 Jun 2011 12:39 by Nizla
    Alonso, you were fantastic in Monaco. So focused and committed and you made no mistakes! If Vettel didn't have that unfair amount of luck he seems to carry with him these days, it would've been your victory. But it was a good race and I hope Ferrari takes this momentum to Canada. :) Show them all Alonso, and take that top step in the podium! Lots of love, Niz from Sri Lanka
  • Wednesday, 1 Jun 2011 01:15 by alonsodz
    welldone Fernando you are the best of the best now we need p1 come on 2011 world champion :)
  • Wednesday, 1 Jun 2011 04:47 by kimcanada
    Fernando Since you are coming to Canada, if you have time, you should come to Toronto, there is so much to see here, I think you would like it very much. (I could show you around:))) Kim
  • Thursday, 2 Jun 2011 07:44 by Ashwin Bansode
    Hi Fernando, I am still amazed why Tyres got changed. It shuldn't allow. Otherwise you wud've wore 1st Pirelli Cap, I m sure! But no worry, i have a nasty feeling that car will improve and u'll be back at 1st Pirelli. Waiting to see u in Canada.....Ashwin from Mumbai, India
  • Thursday, 2 Jun 2011 11:19 by Nacho
    You've done a really good job. I really enjoyed the race, it was awesome. Congratulations! (^_^)
  • Thursday, 2 Jun 2011 05:24 by Mohnesh
    Hi U WILL Surely will make it tuff competition till the last race is not over!!!!!
  • Friday, 3 Jun 2011 12:32 by Milton/ Canada
    Olonso, I know you are a fantastic driver. I wish, and hope that Ferrari can come up with the improvement on the car for you to show Vittel and the world how good you really is. Milton Windsor Canada
  • Friday, 3 Jun 2011 11:03 by Roy
    You are the best Pilot of the Formula1 Good Luck, Forza Alonso siempre
  • Friday, 3 Jun 2011 02:04 by Gav
    The very best of luck next time out in Canada, I am sure you will do well and I will be cheering you on.
  • Friday, 3 Jun 2011 03:35 by RAMMOHAN AGRAHARAM-HYDERABAD-INDIA
    Hai Fernando, You did afantastic job in Monaco. You are the one of the best F1 drivers i have seen !!!. Great.
  • Friday, 3 Jun 2011 04:59 by Celso
    I live in Panama, is very dificult for me to see the F1 because of the time, but I always do it!!! Fernando, as Melendi`s says you are magic!!!! I go to Spain every summer, this summer I will go to Spa francorchamps!!! good luck Fernando!!!
  • Friday, 3 Jun 2011 05:56 by Luisa Cambras
    Hola Ferito … just a quick message to wish you a muy buen fin de semana … I’m guessing that you are at home now (in Switzerland) gearing-up for your long trek to Montreal next week … I hope you enjoy your few days of rest and relaxation mi carino … I will have more time next week to write to you but until then sending lots of love and a big hug xxxxxxx
  • Saturday, 4 Jun 2011 07:56 by Eleni
    Hello Fernando the championship is yours dont even think about Red Bull and Vettel. You always do great job and the reward is coming soon.Nobady can be lucky for ever. Now its your turn! Best wishes Εleni from Greece.
  • Saturday, 4 Jun 2011 10:17 by ossama
    fantastic race fernando keep on pushing
  • Saturday, 4 Jun 2011 06:18 by Xavier Tabone
    Great race and great performance...!!!! Good job by bith the team and you Alonso....keep it up for Canada as well.
  • Saturday, 4 Jun 2011 06:39 by Naomi Ono
    Amazing race, who can say there's no emotion in Monaco, just you can bring back the dream, I believe in your power, yes Fernando can change this story, you are fantastic, I trust you, always.. great job and good luck...........Naomi - Brazil
  • Sunday, 5 Jun 2011 06:48 by pidot-malaysia
    fernando,im ur big fan.about this 12 june race,i hope u can bring back ur name n ferrari to the top. we all support u..
  • Sunday, 5 Jun 2011 03:50 by Antonio
    Do not gave up! remember last year! I do not miss any race and I am getting up at 3am in many races to see you and I know you can do it! Fuerza, valor y al toro! (Power, courage and kill the bull) Antonio from sunny Miami Beach
  • Sunday, 5 Jun 2011 07:17 by peter valkenburg
    fernando go for it i believe in you and ferrari
  • Monday, 6 Jun 2011 09:41 by Vicente Garcia
    Fernando, I would like to thank you for your time during the meeting in Maranello with my sons, included in your PR agenda. You made possible to make real the wish/dream of my son, and when my son's dreams become real, mine's become true (to see him happy). Monaco was great. You can. All the luck for the future, and puxa asturias!
  • Monday, 6 Jun 2011 02:48 by majieran
    Femanso can carry on it.
  • Tuesday, 7 Jun 2011 12:59 by Ashok Sundaram
    Fernando, I have been a Schumacher fan all my life. But I must agree with Flavio that you handle pressure a lot better than Michael. I was duly impressed by your performance at the last GP in Monaco. Now, only if there was not a Red flag at the end - you would have given Seb a good run for the money. I can't wait to see you racing in my country this weekend - keep pushing, Newey's car has been beaten before by the Scuderia and we will do it again...Ashok from Toronto
  • Tuesday, 7 Jun 2011 11:40 by nadine
    go go Alonso hope you'll get pole position at montreal :)
  • Tuesday, 7 Jun 2011 12:00 by Shel
    we believe that you can still turn the table around. We will keep our faith in you, Fernando. We are always behind you!
  • Tuesday, 7 Jun 2011 02:42 by Moises
    Work fantastic Fernando, i know that you deserve it, your the best for me as a driver of Ferrari F1 team Marlboro, it seems i see you only in Television only in a race but that good enough for me, coz i'm here in Philippines, and your next race is in Canada and i know that you work fantastic there and i watched you and support you win or lose..... Good luck.... God Bless You!!!!!
  • Tuesday, 7 Jun 2011 04:49 by Ameya
    One of the biggest fan of your error-free driving style... Kinda started liking Ferrari coz of you. For sure you will not give up, remember last year - we can still take it to the bulls - Ameya (India)
  • Wednesday, 8 Jun 2011 05:54 by Michael Wilkens
    Fernando you're the man. We all love you and we're pushing for you. You're the type of driver that every one wants to be, and when it comes to a challenge you're always ready. Stay focused and work with your engineers; Ferrari is and will always be the summit of racing. Brilliant job in Monaco, shame about the ending but keep that energy for Montreal! Looking forward to seeing you in tv.
  • Wednesday, 8 Jun 2011 08:03 by Rajesh
    Hi fernando, your superb drive will motivated the team to make a winning car for you and take ferrari to where it belong, the top. Your start in barcelona was one of the best seen in recent times and i hope this can be crucial to winning if car is better. Best to luck to you and my Ferrari.
  • Wednesday, 8 Jun 2011 12:04 by Abhinav Chatterjee
    Hey Fernando Congrats for your Second place.... Like evryone herei also believe that you will be Triple World Champion this Year......This is a very long calender, so i think u can do it......
  • Wednesday, 8 Jun 2011 03:34 by Kimcanada
    Hi Honey WELCOME TO CANADA!!!! I am so glad you are here. I hope you enjoy your stay, and I hope you can have a great result this weekend. I will be cheering you on with all my might, so good luck sweetheart. I just got back from a business trip to Yellowknife North West Terrorities, I had such a fun time you would not believe it. The people I had to visit there were just so nice, and it is beautiful there. Anyway, stay safe please Hugs and kisses Love you lots Kim (Canada)
  • Wednesday, 8 Jun 2011 07:09 by Balázs Fürjesi
    Fernando, you must keep pushing until the end. The points will given after the race! I beleive that ferrari will wake up and win the chanpionship with you and Felipe!
  • Thursday, 9 Jun 2011 05:09 by Camila
    Hi Fernando, I was amazing in Monaco. It was a great race! Congratulations by the 2nd place! I hope that you win in Canada! Go Alonso! Go Ferrari! Good Luck in Canada! Best wishes! Camila from Brazil.
  • Thursday, 9 Jun 2011 11:32 by nereaf1
    Your race was incredible. Don't worry about Vettel, it's so easy for him with that car... But you do incredible things with a car which isn't as fast as the Red Bull... You don't need a Red Bull to win because you are an incredible driver.
  • Wednesday, 15 Jun 2011 05:56 by
    Fernando, keep pushing! Remember that you always will have people that love and support you even when you don't win. Don't lose your moral and keep making us happy with your talent. Best wishes from Zaragoza!



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