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I feel ever more part of Ferrari

July 20, 2011 · Posted by Fernando Alonso
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The German Grand Prix is bang in the middle of the 2011 championship: we have had nine races so far and, after the one at the Nurburgring, we will face the same number again. Some might say that makes it a time to assess what’s gone before, but I prefer not to look too closely at the standings. We had a difficult start, but from a few races ago up until now, we have got back to being competitive. It cannot be denied that we have made progress, up to the point where we have actually taken a fully deserved win on one of the tracks – Silverstone - that on paper was least suited to our car. However, that great victory must not change our approach: we most continue to tackle one race after another, without looking at the classification and then, at the end, we will do the maths. So we head off for Germany in the same spirit we demonstrated in England, but with the additional awareness that we are now more competitive.

After the race across the Channel, I came back to spend a few day relaxing at home. I know we have two very busy weeks ahead of us so I thought it best to recharge the batteries, spending some time with my family and doing some training. From Monday evening, I was in Maranello where I was involved in preparations for the German Grand Prix, which meant a lot of work on the simulator and meetings with the engineers. But in addition, there were also a whole range of activities that see me ever more involved in life at Ferrari. For example, yesterday I took part in a prizegiving ceremony for the top three finalists in a Ferrari World Design Contest: it was very interesting for me to see how much passion these youngsters from all over the world have for their vision of the Ferrari of the future. This morning I was involved in some promotional work, along with two of our partners and then I was invited by President Montezemolo to Podio Ferrari, the event that brings together in Maranello, all the company’s suppliers, both those that work with the Scuderia and those whose relationship is with our colleagues on the road car side. The four prizewinners got the chance to do some laps of the Fiorano track in a 458 Italia: I don’t know if they expected me to be their driver, but I think they enjoyed the experience! Finally, I went to say hello to over four hundred kids, all children of the workforce here, who were taking part in the summer camp organised by the company. As you can imagine, it meant total immersion in the world of Ferrari and it will continue right up to the end of the month. In fact, already from Sunday night, after the German Grand Prix, I will travel back to Maranello with the team and stay another three days before we all head off together for Budapest. The 7th August marks the start of the factory shut-down established by FOTA, which means we will have to prepare for the Spa race, one of the most interesting of the year, well ahead of time. That’s why I think this will be a very busy time, but I have to say I am really getting to like feeling part of this world.

Now might not be the time to think too much about all that, because as from tomorrow, a race weekend gets underway at the historic venue that is the Nurburgring, where I have already won twice. There’s a saying about something happening twice, but I don’t want to jinx my chances by saying it, so it’s up to the fans to work out what it is!

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  • Wednesday, 20 Jul 2011 06:42 by Gabriel
    Hey Fernando! I'm glad to read this few words. It makes me proud to be your fan. Keep it up and let's go to Germany! Wish you the best ;)
  • Wednesday, 20 Jul 2011 07:21 by alonsodz
    Hi Fernando it was a fantastic race. next race the Nurburgring to confirm that performance ;) good luck you're da best :D
  • Wednesday, 20 Jul 2011 10:50 by MMS
    Hello Fernando! Good luck! I hope that you will win again!
  • Thursday, 21 Jul 2011 04:47 by lupe
    Good luck in Germany!.
  • Thursday, 21 Jul 2011 08:44 by Caroline Swanson
    Fernando, you must BELIEVE you are the best...and then make sure you are! The great Bill Shankly said this years ago, but it is as true now as then. Go and beat them all Tiger! Lots of love from Liverpool xx
  • Thursday, 21 Jul 2011 11:45 by rasa
    Good luck in this weekend..
  • Thursday, 21 Jul 2011 12:21 by edin
    Hey Champ!i was so happy when you won in Silverstone,I cant discribe you,I wish i could have that feeling in Germany too :)) Hang on Champ,we are with you...Slovenia love you!!!!
  • Thursday, 21 Jul 2011 02:44 by
    whether ferrari wins or loses they are the greatest.f1 without ferrari is not f1.with two excellent drivers and a good team spirit i dont see why we cannot challenge for the title.
  • Thursday, 21 Jul 2011 05:26 by
    Hello Fernando, all your funs are very very proyd of you, you did exellent job in Silverstone, we were waiting a long time for this moment and you made us very happy! I believe that you will be the winner of the 2011 championship. We know you 'll do your best. Good luck in Germany. Helen from Greece
  • Friday, 22 Jul 2011 10:41 by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...You can do it!! Never Ever Give Up......!! Keep fighting....xoxo
  • Saturday, 23 Jul 2011 02:27 by Julian
    There's no doubt that you will be the winner one day with Ferrari..and what Tifosi do is to wait for the day to come.
  • Saturday, 23 Jul 2011 01:11 by sergio
    fernando champions
  • Saturday, 23 Jul 2011 02:48 by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...Congratulations P4 in Qualifying.. Such good pace and very competitive of your 150º Italia this weekend..Fernando, we know you will gain more positions tomorrow, because you are a true fighter on the track and we also know you will make us smile.. Forza Forza Froza... xoxoxoxo
  • Saturday, 23 Jul 2011 05:09 by kenneth wakhungu
    you are the driver. Great car, fantabulous team. Go for it
  • Sunday, 24 Jul 2011 04:37 by Camila
    Hi Fernando, You were amazing on qualifying! The F150° Italia evoluted a lot during this season! Congratulations engineers! I hope that you achieve the victory in Germany! Go Alonso! Go Ferrari! Good Luck in Germany! Best wishes! Camila from Brazil.
  • Sunday, 24 Jul 2011 03:25 by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...CONGRATULATIONS P2...!! Woohoooo...It's 25th in Australian time zone now and it's my birthday(^_^) Thank you Fernando, you just gave me a very special B-day present!! Such a great battles & fantastic performance today., also your boy 150º Italia is incredible, kept the pace very well.. Jobs well done!! You are really deserved on the podium., and we will see you on the top next Sunday...!! AVANTIIIIII... Love you xoxoxoxoxo
  • Sunday, 24 Jul 2011 04:07 by Oliver
    Fernando, it is always great to see you being so consistent at the top few despite all the problems the team might be having... you really push it to the limits of the car... see you at the Singapore GP!! I would really like to meet you in person!
  • Sunday, 24 Jul 2011 04:25 by Konstantin
    Hi Fernando! Excellent race! Fantastic fight! The second place a good result. You have shown that Red Bull is slower. Good luck and victory!!
  • Monday, 25 Jul 2011 05:21 by Nizla
    Congratulations on second place Fernando! Like Ferrari pointed out, you've scored the most points in the last three races and I hope this momentum gets stronger and stronger! We are all so so so proud of you and Ferrari! To Hungary we go then! Good luck! Lots of love, Niz from Sri Lanka
  • Monday, 25 Jul 2011 11:48 by kimcanada
    Great race Fernando, very exciting, and it was a great weekend for you. I love to hear your laugh, it makes my day brighter. Amazing drive, and I hope next weekened you get the win for your 30th birtday. Love you lots Kim (Canada)
  • Monday, 25 Jul 2011 12:20 by Eszter
    Hey Fernando, Thanks for fantastic race! You are just perfect. Lots of love from Budapest xx
  • Monday, 25 Jul 2011 04:21 by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...Thank you very much., I had a great day today, as your podium makes me smile all day..:) It will be your turn this Sunday. We all know you definitely will push even harder taking the crown to celebrate your 30th B-day. Fernando, we are all ready. Bring it on.. xoxoxoxo
  • Monday, 25 Jul 2011 08:31 by
    It's so good to read your words, they make me smile all the time :) It's one of my dreams to meet you one day and just ask: hey Fernando, how are you? Now I really look forward to F1 coming here in Budapest, although I can't be out on the race again...:( But I'll keep my fingers crossed for you from home, and I hope you'll finish with a victory before the summer holiday. I need that memory while I'm relaxing on my holiday :D All in all, you're the best - even better than Vettel - and I'm proud to be your fan!! Love, from Hungary
  • Tuesday, 26 Jul 2011 06:55 by 钱书娴
    Happy birthday! you do best in german.we are proud of you.I am from china and i am a student.i graduated from highschool just now.i love you very much.i hope you can get championship again!Fighting~~~
  • Tuesday, 26 Jul 2011 01:38 by Eszter
    Hey Fernando, cannot stop thinking about the upcoming race here in Budapest, and your Birthday! It is just so exciting! I wish you a very pleasant time here,and I wish you good luck. You are unbelievably strong mentally, you are always so focused, you are passionate, and you`ll make it! No one can stop you! It would make us so happy to see you win! I hope to see you, well, I`ll try to get to see you =)(hopefully even tomorrow playing football) Well, I hope you enjoy this last bit of busy time before the holiday. Besos xxx
  • Tuesday, 26 Jul 2011 02:16 by kimcanada
    Fernando FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY Dream big Laugh lots Have fun Be happy Love well In other words, just be yourself because your a pretty cool person to be. Have a great Birthday Sweetheart, and remember, somebody out there loves you so much and thinks the world of you Kim (Canada)
  • Tuesday, 26 Jul 2011 05:57 by Luisa Cambras
    Hola Ferito … just a quick message to congratulate you on your second 2nd podium of the season and to say that was truly edge-of-the-seat racing at the Nurburgring mi carino and some wonderful driving by you (and Mark) once again … two absolutely professional racing drivers (and gentlemen (it has to be said)) … how unfortunate that your cold tyres let you down but I’m certain that had they been warm and up-to-race-temperature then it would have been you standing up on that top podium (there isn’t a shadow of doubt in my mind) … I was also delighted to see you hitch a ride on Mark’s Red Bull car after the race (so reminiscent of Ayrton in more ways than one mi querido??) … got to dash but will return to wish you luck before the Hungarian GP … great stuff Ferito and I’m counting the days and hours before I watch you with bated breath once again this coming Sunday … until then sending you muchos abrazos y un beso grande X
  • Wednesday, 27 Jul 2011 11:59 by aLi
    you will be champion I hope. Alonso you are the best:D
  • Thursday, 28 Jul 2011 06:36 by instant car loan approval
    This was a heartfelt letter, Alonso. I know the best is yet to come for you. Good luck in your career. For some reason, I feel proud to see you wear the colors of Ferrari.

 

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