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Luck and bad luck balance out

June 20, 2011 · Posted by Fernando Alonso

In a few days, the European Grand Prix weekend gets underway. It’s the second race of the season held in Spain and it is an important one for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro and for me, as it presents another opportunity for me to race in front of my fans. To tell the truth, I’ve never been that lucky in this race since it’s been held on the Valencia street circuit, especially last year when, despite having a very competitive car, I finished down in eighth place. However, everyone remembers what happened with the appearance of the Safety Car and there’s no point going over it again. I always believe that luck and bad luck balance out by the end of the season and maybe this unwritten rule also applies to race tracks. If that’s the case, I would be more than happy if last year’s misfortune was paid back now! In fact, it seems that in general so far this season, luck has not come our way: in the race in Montreal, not one damned thing went right.

I know that our fans are eagerly awaiting our first win of the season and I can assure you that the same goes for us. At the last two races, we showed we were clearly capable of winning and, especially in Monaco, we came pretty close, although I believe that even in Canada I could have fought for it all the way to the end, given what we had seen in qualifying. Now we go to a track with reasonably similar characteristics to Montreal and there is no obvious reason why we should not be competitive here too. The 150º Italia will be pretty much in the same configuration seen at the last race and the major new element will be the race debut of the Pirelli Medium compound tyre, running alongside the Soft. Over the winter, I got the chance to test this tyre, but now it will be a completely different ball game, given that the difference in temperature compared to February and March will be of the order of 20 degrees and because the Valencia track characteristics definitely cannot be compared to those of Jerez and Barcelona, nor to the permanent track at Cheste, around twenty kilometres from the city centre. In Montreal, we were able to assess these tyres during the two free practice sessions on Friday, but it’s one thing to do a few laps on a track that is not necessarily that well adapted to this type of tyre and quite another to evaluate it in depth with an eye on qualifying and the race.

I feel special ties to the city of Valencia as it has become something of a symbolic place in the history of my relationship with Ferrari. It was in fact in Cheste that I made my first public appearance after having signed my first contract with Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, at the 2009 Ferrari Days event and it was also at this track that I had my first official drive of a Formula 1 Ferrari, on 3 February last year. Well, maybe that means it’s time to add another “first” to this story…And actually, I have already won the European Grand Prix twice before, when the race was run at the Nurburgring: as the saying goes, “never two without three…”


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  • Monday, 20 Jun 2011 07:08 by Adrian
    I know you'll do good in Valencia. I am traveling from Paris to Spain just in order to support you and Felipe ! Good luck and hopefully i'll get acces to the pit lane there in Valencia so I might go straight to SF and ask you for an autograph.
  • Monday, 20 Jun 2011 07:11 by Kimcanada
    Hi Sweetheart Just a note to wish you good luck in Spain, I am glad you are there, with tons of support. I hope it will be as special for you as you are hoping it will be. You know you have all of my support, always. You will be great, because you are super awesome!!! I know you will fight hard, and give everything you have because you always do, but please remember to stay safe. I am going to climb for cancer on Saturday. We are climbing for a friend. We are going to climb the stairs of the CN Tower in Toronto. There are 2579 steps in all. My friend and I are going to do this together. He is a professional lacrosse player and a full time fire fighter, so I know he will be fine, I just hope I can keep up with him. My inspiration for this climb will be you. You have a big climb ahead of you as well in your championship fight, and if you can do it, so can I. I won't have to deal with weather, so really mine won't be as difficult. I will keep your sweet face in my mind the whole time, and with that, I know I can do it. I am wrapping my arms around you so tight in the world biggest hug, and I am adding a kiss for good luck. Stay safe, and good luck my love XXXXXOOOOOOO Kim (Canada)
  • Monday, 20 Jun 2011 07:20 by Veronica
    Dear Fernando, I wish you won the European GP, 'cause I believe that would make you very happy, which would make us (your fans) extremelly happy :) I agree with you, when you say that luck isn't with you this season.. you had quite many chances to get a good result, but things went wrong many times.. :( it always makes me sad, because I know you are able to win.. but that's what racing is called.. some time the luck is with you and sometimes not.. just hope the lucky times will come soon, to see you happy and smiling again :) Good luck for Valencia, Love Veronica from the Czech Republic
  • Monday, 20 Jun 2011 07:41 by Vlad
    Please, win this race. Team need that Victory.
  • Monday, 20 Jun 2011 07:51 by Jessica Bryan
    Just wanted to wish you good luck for this weekends race. We love having you as a Ferrari driver as your passion, determination and commitment make you and the car made for each other! Never give up, you have put the magic back into racing and we all love you for it. Forza Ferrari. X
  • Monday, 20 Jun 2011 09:08 by Mia Jax
    Hello Fernando ! Thanks for update your blog, I love to read about your thoughts about F1 and the coming Grand Prix.I really hope all goes as planned (the strategy) for you and your team at the European GP.You are worth all the best for your hard work. Good Luck Fernando !! Kind regards, Mia
  • Monday, 20 Jun 2011 11:47 by paolo lalli
  • Tuesday, 21 Jun 2011 03:55 by Nizla
    "Never two without three" for sure! We all hope that this race will be the turning point for you and Ferrari Alonso! The champion in you is just waiting for that opportunity to win and may it be this weekend! Good luck! Lots of love, Niz from Sri Lanka
  • Tuesday, 21 Jun 2011 05:03 by lupe
    Luck it's going to be by our side at some point, let's hope starting from this GP. Good luck Fernando!.
  • Tuesday, 21 Jun 2011 06:10 by 'Amirah
    You'll always be my No.1 F1 Driver ♥
  • Tuesday, 21 Jun 2011 08:00 by Caroline Swanson
    Forget that wacky race in Canada Fernando. No-one doubts your appetite and ambition to win. Keep calm and carry on. All the very best for a special weekend in Valencia in front of your home crowd. As always, love and luck from Liverpool xx
  • Tuesday, 21 Jun 2011 10:56 by William Tho
    Alonso, nothing much to wish you and the team including all the team members. All the best all the time although we are still waiting the 1st victory of the season after 3rd in Turkey and 2nd in Monaco.
  • Tuesday, 21 Jun 2011 11:13 by Eszter Oroszi
    Fernando, I`ll always enjoy seeing you driving, you, your passion always spice the races up. Good luck in Valencia,you can do it! Lots of love xxx
  • Tuesday, 21 Jun 2011 12:00 by Elliot Trigell
    I sure hope your fortunes turn Fernando! it's been frustrating watching this season as you have driven well but nothing has gone right ! good luck mate , Elliot UK
  • Tuesday, 21 Jun 2011 01:44 by Andrew
    Hi Fernando, just want to say you remain for me a very mature personality in a tough situation, that quality makes you shine above your competitors and that will give you a long stay in motorsport history, wishing you and Scuderia Ferrari all the wisdom and grace for inevitable future victories! Andrew UK
  • Tuesday, 21 Jun 2011 02:47 by
    U can do it Fernando...i am waiting to see u a champion this year..u can do it...u r always the best for me Fernando... From Dinesh
  • Tuesday, 21 Jun 2011 03:17 by
    fernando for the WIN!!! good luck this weekend :)
  • Tuesday, 21 Jun 2011 03:21 by Felipe
    Come on Fernando, you can win this race!! Ferrari need some points in the championship! And someone needs to end Vettel's dominance! The season becomes boring when there's just one guy winning!
  • Tuesday, 21 Jun 2011 03:24 by George Dzomba
    I feel everything is coming together and we need the luck to change. From Zimbabwe we love and follow you. Good luck Fernando
  • Tuesday, 21 Jun 2011 03:31 by gary
    You are a great driver be fast and smart
  • Tuesday, 21 Jun 2011 03:38 by hans engels
    please win this race in valencia for the first victory in 2011. the best wishes from Germany
  • Tuesday, 21 Jun 2011 03:58 by Tracey
    I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that you'll get a much deserved win in Valencia this weekend Fernando. Good Luck, you can do it!!!
  • Tuesday, 21 Jun 2011 04:33 by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...It's such a long week after Canadian GP. We believe that you have recharged full of batteries and ready for the battle in Valencia. Yes, it will be your " FIRST " victory on this street circuit, also it will be your " FIRST " victory in this season. The real battle in 2011 will be starting here in front of your thousands fans on this weekend. We will keep our heads up and keep hope., Fernando,again, we will not give up the championship easily, because we believe in you 200%.. Please keep calm and concentrate the race. Fingers crossed, wishing you & team the very best luck also wishing everything will be going right.. ( PS. we have booked our tickets for AUS GP in 2012., we 2 FAsters will be here waiting for you in Melbourne).. Forza Fernando, Forza Ferrari.. Bring it on !!! xoxoxoxo
  • Tuesday, 21 Jun 2011 05:06 by Oscar
    The best of luck from now til the end of the championship, its a tough climb, but if someone has the talent to come out on top of it, is you and Ferrari! Go teach those kids how to drive around in Valencia, Suerte Fernando!!
  • Tuesday, 21 Jun 2011 05:26 by Peter
    Go get them Fernando. It's your time now. I am a big fan and support you all the way. You have what it takes to win just have patience and drive the best that you can and you will be successful. Best of luck from Trinidad.
  • Tuesday, 21 Jun 2011 05:33 by C.Cheung
    Fernando, nothing can be more wonderful to see you fight so hard with the team for winning the race , I believe that good luck will come to you and Felipe because the God bless the fighter with passion. As always ,luck from China
  • Tuesday, 21 Jun 2011 08:21 by paul pedge
    Fernando,For me you are the Benchmark for all the other drivers to try and better. Even when the car is not competative, you just dont quit or complain, unlike some drivers at the moment. Your luck will change, and you and the Team know how to win. Paul from Leicester,England.
  • Tuesday, 21 Jun 2011 09:40 by Ionut
    hey fernando i`ve always been a fan of yours espacialy now that you are racing for ferrari.i`ve been cheering for you since you raced for minardi i knew since then that you will become a true champion.i know that so far this season isn`t going how we all hoped but nothing is isn`t written anywhere that you must become world champion every already proved that you are great man.but i know your caracter and i know that you will not give up and i admire you for that and pls win the next race mate i know you can do of luck and god bless you
  • Tuesday, 21 Jun 2011 11:06 by David Holloway
    Hola Fernando ... As a life long Ferrari fan, I'm very glad you have committed to the team long term. The level of F1 drivers experience and team skill is immense this season so you have your work cut out, but I feel certain you'll have more than one win. As a Brit I have to admit I'm a big Button fan, but there's little in it between you both. I hope very much you have more luck throughout the rest of the season and you're obvious brilliance as a driver can be converted into wins and more podiums. You also come across as a good chap and I'll be wishing you well with lots of success for the rest of the season. Best wishes.
  • Tuesday, 21 Jun 2011 11:48 by nereaf1
    Hi Fernando, it's really nice to read about you again. You had very bad luck in those last races, but now you have to forget about them and just think about Valencia... I'm sure you will get a good result there. It's great that you remember your victories at the Nürburgring, I'll be there supporting you next month, in the Germany Grand Prix, and I hope you run a good race for me there... ;)
  • Wednesday, 22 Jun 2011 05:18 by Ashwin
    Just repeat the start of Barcelona, I m sure you'll get help of Pirelli Medium compound tyre. Also start to attack the opponents which is lacking this season. All the very best for Valencia. Lots of love from Aadi & Ashwin, Thane, India.
  • Wednesday, 22 Jun 2011 08:11 by Dia Jabassini
    Fernando... You are the most complete driver out there, and just need the right opportunity to make that 'good luck' happen. I am sure you'll do well for us (your fans) and for the team this race and in the rest of the season... We respect and love what you do... God bless you.
  • Wednesday, 22 Jun 2011 10:00 by Jo
    Stay calm, positive and focus Lonsy. Have your own team strategy for the tyres and stick to it.
  • Wednesday, 22 Jun 2011 10:22 by Szabó Balázs
    Fernando! The Canadian race was such a disaster. You were extremely competitive all through the weekend and the knock-out by Button forced you to leave that place without any points. Although, it doesn't change my belief that you are clearly the best driver I have ever seen. I hope I can meet you one day. For now, I really hope the car will work well around the streets of Valencia and you can win the race. I only want to see you on the highest step of the podium! Balazs
  • Wednesday, 22 Jun 2011 01:51 by Ally from Norwich
    Just want to add my Good Wishes and positive vibes of total support for the weekend, as you say a special one for you and the team for various reasons. Good Luck hasn't been on your side so far this season but then it wasn't for a good part of last season until the tide turned and you swept everyone aside as you came storming through to put up a great fight so all I can say is look out anyone in your way come your change in luck. Show 'em how it's done at Valencia. With you all the way. Ally, Norwich-UK
  • Wednesday, 22 Jun 2011 03:43 by C.Cheung
    Fernando,nothing can be more wonderful to see you fight so hard with your team for winning the race. "Never two without three" for sure! I believe that good luck will come to you and Felipe because God blesses the fighter with great passion. As always, best wishes and luck from C.Cheung,China
  • Wednesday, 22 Jun 2011 03:56 by
    Buona Fortuna Fernando. You're the best. See you in Texas in 2012.
  • Wednesday, 22 Jun 2011 04:17 by
    I'm looking forward to seeing your winning in Valencia.I believe you must be No.1.You can do it.Good luck♡from Japan
  • Wednesday, 22 Jun 2011 09:27 by
    You are always my NO.1 driver.
  • Wednesday, 22 Jun 2011 10:40 by Christine Young
    Now it's time for some good luck to go with all your hard work and that of your team. Stay focussed and keep smiling. Good luck from your English fans.
  • Wednesday, 22 Jun 2011 10:49 by Brahma
    Fernando, It is a matter days before the first win. You will do it i am sure. All the best for you and Ferrari;
  • Wednesday, 22 Jun 2011 11:04 by Ernesto
    Just like you say, that you are close... use that positive energy!! This race can be the ice breaker!! Hopefully the new rules will help the car!!! Ciao Montreal
  • Thursday, 23 Jun 2011 09:42 by joshua
    alonso? this time take your driving to the next highest level! at your elite level ,,drive like yuo have never driven before and even higher than your highest level of driving,,,you are need to push even harder and and mixed in your skills and experience ..go get the big win!.. joshua singapore
  • Thursday, 23 Jun 2011 02:50 by jerry RAMOS
    im a big fan of ferrari formula 1 racing team especially to fernado alonso.I admire his determination despite of all the challenges that cause them the championship.I still believed they can still catch up especially fernando.Mabuhay ka!Vamos alonso/ferrari!Jerry Ramos from PHILIPPINES!
  • Thursday, 23 Jun 2011 02:55 by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...Good luck in practices tomorrow!!! Keep very positive...:)
  • Friday, 24 Jun 2011 07:40 by Iwan Maker
    Hello Fernando ... keep fighting, the problem is only the car, soon ferrari will fix the problem. Good luck ...
  • Friday, 24 Jun 2011 03:17 by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...Such a great start the European Grand Prix in Valencia today...We are really looking forward to see you take the crown on Sunday....Meantime, we will keep our fingers crossed all the way and wishing it will be a very lucky weekend to you & your team....TOMA..... Never ever give up.......!!
  • Friday, 24 Jun 2011 05:56 by Luisa Cambras
    Hola Ferito … good luck in the race on Sunday sweetheart I will be breathless with anticipation and urging you on as always … drive like the wind mi carino xxxxxxx
  • Friday, 24 Jun 2011 09:21 by Camila
    Hi Fernando, I hope you achieve to win in your country! It would be amazing! Go Alonso! Go Ferrari! Go F150° Italia! Go Faster! Good Luck in Valencia! Best wishes! Camila from Brazil.
  • Saturday, 25 Jun 2011 02:04 by very
    Good luck for you,I hope you be winner..spirit
  • Saturday, 25 Jun 2011 03:44 by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...Congratulations P4 in Qualifying...Not too worry, as the real battle will be on tomorrow and you definitely have the chance to fight for the leader position... Good luck Fernando...Fingers crossed, team will have the best strategy for you...Forza!! We are all with you......xoxoxoxoxo
  • Saturday, 25 Jun 2011 04:11 by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...your boy 150º Italia is very competitive and we all know you will fight very hard to get the best result in front of your huge fans... Free you FAster inside..........!!!
  • Sunday, 26 Jun 2011 03:42 by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...Congratulations finished P2 on the podium in your home Grand Prix... Bravo Bravo Bravo !!! What a brilliant battle you did today. You make us and all the thousands of your fans out there so so proud..^_^... Yes " FIRST " time on the podium in Valencia., and we do believe there will be more to come in next GPs... Fernando, you just did., fought so hard to get on that stage, we really couldn't be any more happier today. Thank you very very much, also to your team…We love you …….TOMA…!!! your FAsters from Melbourne Australia...xoxoxoxo
  • Sunday, 26 Jun 2011 03:48 by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...This is definitely an outstanding performance today., especially fighting position in the first corner.... you really nailed it.........!!!!
  • Sunday, 26 Jun 2011 04:10 by Konstantin
    Hi Fernando! Excellent race, got a nice impression. Bravo Fernando! Konstantin.Rossia.
  • Sunday, 26 Jun 2011 04:31 by kimcanada
  • Sunday, 26 Jun 2011 05:01 by Mark Stephens
    Felipe, it's so nice to see you back in the groove again! The car seems to suit you better and your comfort level is back!!! Congratulations champ!!! Ciao! -Mark
  • Sunday, 26 Jun 2011 05:03 by Mark Stephens
    Fernando, what can we say?? You are the best driver in the world and it shows! You have the heart of a lion!!! Congratulations today on your podium!!! We stand with you all the way!! Ciao -Mark
  • Monday, 27 Jun 2011 03:28 by Nizla
    Congratulations Fernando!!!!!!!!!!!! That was a flawless drive from you in Valencia! The fact that you split the Red Bulls with your Ferrari shows what a true talent you are... and if anyone could distrupt Vettel's claim to the top spot, it's you. :) Also, I thought you were adorable in the post-race press conference when you explained how you collect trophies from each track at home and then smiled at Vettel. :) It had me all smiles too. Good luck for Silverstone! I pray this momentum gets stronger! Lots of love, Niz from Sri Lanka.
  • Monday, 27 Jun 2011 07:51 by Caroline Swanson
    Well done Fernando, now have a break and get ready for Silverstone. So looking forward to seeing you here!! Love from Liverpool xx
  • Monday, 27 Jun 2011 09:42 by Nizla
    Congratulations Fernando!!!!!!!!!!!! That was a flawless drive from you in Valencia! The fact that you split the Red Bulls with your Ferrari shows what a true talent you are... and if anyone could distrupt Vettel's claim to the top spot, it's you. :) Also, I thought you were adorable in the post-race press conference when you explained how you collect trophies from each track at home and then smiled at Vettel. :) It had me all smiles too. Good luck for Silverstone! I pray this momentum gets stronger! Lots of love, Niz from Sri Lanka.
  • Wednesday, 29 Jun 2011 12:12 by FAster Eva Nano
    Hi Nano...we know you won't have much time to relax, as you and your team are very busy for the coming Grand Prix in Silverstone...!!! But please enjoy the few days off. Fernando, you are the best and you are always our number ONE Champion no matter what...xoxoxoxoxo
  • Wednesday, 29 Jun 2011 02:47 by Luisa Cambras
    Hola Ferito … well done mi carino on your long-overdue and well-deserved 2nd podium on Sunday (yet another step closer to the top one) … no dramas … no safety car … just pure straightforward ‘racing’ (especially between you and Mark) and effective race tactics (yey!) … in Monaco and Valencia you showed beyond any doubt that if it were not for some of the ‘bad luck’ you’ve encountered you would be much higher-up on the points board … you can still do it dear heart and I’m counting the days until I see you lower your visor once again and wait for that last red light to go out before you sprint down to the first corner at Silverstone … all the other cars will be just a blur to me as I hold my breath for those first few seconds sweetie ... ohh … 11 … 10 … 9 … 8 … 7 … 6 … 5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1 … GO GO GO FERITO!! Xxxxxxx PS: Will write again soon and tell you my thoughts about the race in Valencia … rest, relax and recharge your batteries when you can mi querido!
  • Tuesday, 19 Jun 2012 12:00 by fast for speed
    Go For Ferrari.. hope they will win



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