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A special race in Hungary

July 27, 2011 · Posted by Fernando Alonso

We’re reaching the final stages of a frenetic month of July. I am in Maranello, where I came on Sunday night, directly from the Nurburgring and, early tomorrow morning, it will be time for me and the engineers to head for Budapest. In this very short break between the two races, I worked, as is usually the case when I am at the factory, on the simulator to prepare both for this weekend’s race and for the ones after that. On top of that, I took part in several meetings with the engineers, while today I also got the chance to meet up with President Montezemolo and the members of the Ferrari Board, who were meeting in Maranello. Montezemolo was his usual cheerful self with me and wanted to know how preparations were going for the Hungaroring race. It’s now a few months that our car has become more competitive and that means we have been consistently able to fight for a podium finish.

We have made up a lot of ground compared to the very early part of the season in terms of performance, but we must take a further step forward, as I have said so often before. We still lack something, especially in qualifying: it’s true that in the race we can make up for this, but it’s not always possible to move up two places compared to our grid position, as happened in Monaco, Valencia, Silverstone and Nurburgring. At the Hungaroring, the weather should be more in keeping with summer, which is no bad thing as I’ve had enough of the cold and damp we experienced in England and Germany! That goes not just for me, but also for our car: it would definitely work better in temperatures higher than the 13° we had last Sunday.

I know the Hungarian Grand Prix has a special significance for the Scuderia, as it has experienced some great moments, but also some dramatic ones, like when Felipe was injured in that fluke accident when he was hit by a part of Rubens’ Brawn. Budapest is special for me too, as it was at this very race in 2003 that I took my first ever Formula 1 win. It was a very emotional day, the memory of which will always stay with me.

As was the case in 2010, I will again celebrate my birthday at the track with the Scuderia. On Friday I turn thirty: who knows if I will get a nice birthday surprise…


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  • Wednesday, 27 Jul 2011 02:59 by Myles
    Good Luck Fernando! I also had my birthday this week on Monday! So hopefully a we can both have a birthday present! :D
  • Wednesday, 27 Jul 2011 03:24 by
    Another podium for you. Congrats Fernando. You're pleased, I'm pleased too. Hitched a ride? That was the cutest moment on track! Happy Birthday in advance. Wishing you everything that brings you happiness today and always. You're full of determination and with that never give up attitude, I'm sure you will bring more glory to Ferrari ♥
  • Wednesday, 27 Jul 2011 03:46 by Marco Balestra
    Good luck Fernando for the race. I hope you'll win, you can do it! Happy Birthday!!!
  • Wednesday, 27 Jul 2011 03:47 by
    goog luck Fernando
  • Wednesday, 27 Jul 2011 03:51 by Sean
    Good luck in Hungary Fernando! Have a great race, and great weekend, and a really really great birthday!!
  • Wednesday, 27 Jul 2011 04:13 by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...You took your first F1 win on this track and We believe in you, sure you will take another victory here as a nice birthday present from yourself this weekend... Forza Fernando, Forza Ferrari., Love you always xoxoxoxoxo
  • Wednesday, 27 Jul 2011 04:38 by Britta Margies
    Dear Fernando! Thanks! I wish you 365 wonderful new days and more good times! Britti
  • Wednesday, 27 Jul 2011 04:43 by Edit
    Hi Fernando!Welcome to Hungary!I wish you a very happy birthday and I would like you to give us a nice birthday present!We will be on the Hungaroring and will support you very loudly! Have a beautyful weekend here in our country!!!!!! Edit
  • Wednesday, 27 Jul 2011 04:55 by Adam Kovacs
    Good luck Fernando from Hungary and a happy birthday at July 29th!I wish you at least as succesful race at the Hungarian Gp as the last 3 ones! Push it Fernando,we are with you in Hungary!
  • Wednesday, 27 Jul 2011 05:36 by Mia
    My dear Fernando ! Good Luck in Hungary and Happy Birthday on Friday ! :) Sincerley, Mia ♥.¸.`♥.¸.♥´¯`♥
  • Wednesday, 27 Jul 2011 06:17 by Shathiso Ntibi
    Hello fernando.. Great race last sunday.. you drove brilliantly.. its a shame about the tire warm up on the medium compound on the out lap.. Happy birthday in advance.. from Shathiso
  • Wednesday, 27 Jul 2011 07:05 by alonsodz
    Happy birthday champion wishing you all the best :)win @ hungaroring and we'll continue celebrating during the break ;)
  • Wednesday, 27 Jul 2011 07:34 by lupe
    Happy birthfay Fernando!. I have the feeling that something wonderful will happen this weekend, good luck and forza ferrari.
  • Wednesday, 27 Jul 2011 07:47 by Angie
    Hi Fernando, good luck with the big 30 on Friday, have a great birthday, hope you can celebrate with a win this weekend. xxx
  • Wednesday, 27 Jul 2011 08:33 by jessica bryan
    We share our birthday so a win on Sunday will be the perfect present for both of us! Congratulations to you and the whole team for the recent performances. Love your passion and determination in every race. You and Ferrari are a match made in heaven. Good luck and lets have another win. Love & Hugs. Jess
  • Wednesday, 27 Jul 2011 08:49 by Tanya
    Sending you an early Happy Birthday greeting from the USA. Take Care and good luck this weekend! :D
  • Wednesday, 27 Jul 2011 09:37 by Ally
    You certainly put in the hours working with and for the Scuderia and you more than deserve the rewards that follow. Here's to a great Sunday and especially to a great Friday. Have a very Happy 30th Birthday wishing you love, luck and everything that's good in life x
  • Wednesday, 27 Jul 2011 09:38 by
    Dear Fernando it's a pity that you didn't play with our All Star team today! I was really looking forward to see you playing soccer, but I also know that preparing for the weekend is more important now. I know that you won you first race here and I wish you to celebrate your birthday with an other victory on Sunday! However, I have bad news: here the weather is not as warm as we're used to it...sometimes it's looking like autumn. But no matter what's the weather like, you're the best pilot ever and you can easily win this race! Finally, happy birthday to you: 30 is a perfect age to have a baby ;) All the best for the weekend!! L. from Hungary
  • Wednesday, 27 Jul 2011 09:58 by Patrick
    Happy Early Birthday! Bring home the victory!
  • Thursday, 28 Jul 2011 03:31 by Molly from China
    Hi Fernando! Cant believe you are turning thirty! How time flies! Wish you good luck at this very special track! Happy B'day! Love ya always!
  • Thursday, 28 Jul 2011 03:39 by Ally
    Good luck this weekend Fernando, take some points away from those Red Bulls! And happy early birthday!!
  • Thursday, 28 Jul 2011 04:08 by jma95
    Happy birthday ,and you will get a surprise in Hungary
  • Thursday, 28 Jul 2011 05:39 by Ashwin
    Happy Birthday!!! All the best for Hungary. You will roar like a Lion in Hungaroring. Go Alonso... From Ashwin, Thane, India
  • Thursday, 28 Jul 2011 05:53 by Nakis
    Happy birthday for tomorrow, and all the best for the qualifying and the race! -Nakis
  • Thursday, 28 Jul 2011 07:03 by Andrew
    Good luck of Fernando!!!! We trust in you and in Ferrari!!! Yes, nearly have not forgotten: happy birthday!!!!! Your fans from Russia (Krasnodar)!!
  • Thursday, 28 Jul 2011 07:42 by Caroline Swanson
    The way ahead is full of promise Fernando. Enjoy your birthday weekend at the Hungaroring, and pick up another shed-load of points! Love & good luck from Liverpool xx
  • Thursday, 28 Jul 2011 07:50 by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...Happy 30th Birthday & Many happy returns!!! Lots of love from AUS & TWN xoxoxo
  • Thursday, 28 Jul 2011 01:11 by Eszter
    Hey Fernando, welcome in Budapest! I wish you a very emotional weekend again! And Happy Birthday! And 30th! Wooow, it is so exciting! It is special to us to have you here celebrating your 30th bday! It just cheers me up. You`ll make it this weekend, and we`ll be there supporting you! I cannot wait! (It`s a pity you did not play football last night....but never mind) Lots of lots of lots of love!xxx
  • Thursday, 28 Jul 2011 01:46 by rob allum
    good luck fernando, heres to another great race. Forza Ferrari Forza Fernando.
  • Thursday, 28 Jul 2011 02:09 by Eszter
    Hey handsome, I do hope that your presence will get the sun out again in Budapest! (after having few weeks of incredible hot heat wave, it`s been like autumn here for 2 weeks now, but luckily not that cold than in Germany) Wishing you lovely warm weather!
  • Thursday, 28 Jul 2011 02:38 by Fernalex
    Wish you a very happy weekend in Hungary!And happy birthday to you in advance!!
  • Thursday, 28 Jul 2011 05:35 by Nat.
    Happy Birthday! Poland loves you! ;)
  • Thursday, 28 Jul 2011 07:53 by Julia
    Hey Fernando, I will cheer for you at the Hungaroring. Happy birthday! You say "Boldog Szülinapot" in Hungarian :)
  • Thursday, 28 Jul 2011 08:17 by Gabriel
    Hey Fernando. Another amazing driving in Germany and more 18 points in the bank. This weekend you are the birthday boy and also who will give us the gift: a brilliantly win. We trust in you. From a brazilian, Gabriel :)
  • Thursday, 28 Jul 2011 08:44 by Susan
    Happy Birthday Fernando! Tu eres campeón :)
  • Thursday, 28 Jul 2011 10:20 by Aneta Stojanova
    Happy birthday, Fernando! Be happy, be strong, be healthy,be positive! You'll never walk alone!
  • Thursday, 28 Jul 2011 11:12 by MAREEFA
    Dear Fernando, Happy birthday! I wish you more wins in your career. I hope you again take the championship and also I wish you all best in your life. For me, you are the best driver ever. Big kiss from sunny Croatia. Marija
  • Thursday, 28 Jul 2011 11:51 by Monika
    Dear Fernando, I wish you a "Happy Birthday" and another great year in your life. May all your wishes come true.:-)) Good Luck for Budapest!Have a great race. With Love Monika.
  • Friday, 29 Jul 2011 01:41 by F150
    Happy Birthday Fer!Wish you a successful and safe life!
  • Friday, 29 Jul 2011 03:38 by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...Happy 30th birthday Fernando..........!!!! You are our HERO, you are our number ONE CHAMPION and Your spirit inspiring us very very much..!! You are definitely deserved the best WIN on your birthday weekend... xoxoxoxoxoxo
  • Friday, 29 Jul 2011 04:11 by Nizla
    Happy birthday Alonso! I hope you have a fantastic day and a super awesome year ahead! may this weekend be a gr8 gift with a spectacular win in Hungary. Lots of love, hugs and wishes, Niz from Sri Lanka.
  • Friday, 29 Jul 2011 04:21 by mporras
    happy birthday!!! wish you the best, good luck on sunday :D
  • Friday, 29 Jul 2011 07:05 by Anastasia
    good luck dear Fernando. we believe in you,you will win. have a great weekend. happy birthday and family welfare:))
  • Friday, 29 Jul 2011 07:17 by Fernanda Lavallier
    Querido Nando! First of all, happy birthday! Today you turn 30, anyway, you're still progressing and blossoming. I wish you all that you want for yourself, cause it’s only you who knows best, what you need. Second, I wish you to win Hungarian GP! Let it be your birthday gift. I'll do my best to make it possible like I did it before for Kimi. You look very nice on podium with Mark. :) Good luck, my pretty boy, and be happy! Forever yours, F.L.
  • Friday, 29 Jul 2011 08:47 by Helen
    Feliz cumpleaños, Fernando! Greetings from Russia with love and hope for great wins! You are the best!
  • Friday, 29 Jul 2011 09:10 by Sara
    Hi Fer!!!! Happy birthday, 30 is a good number, believe me, it reminds me to something... 3. Number three means 3 championship. Does it ring a bell to you? So have a good day with your family and team, and we will be encouraging you beside the TV. You believe, we believe, you're the miracle!!!!!!!!!! good luck
  • Friday, 29 Jul 2011 09:44 by Elena
    Fernando,Happy Birthday! Win the race!
  • Friday, 29 Jul 2011 10:05 by mohamed
    happy birthday fernando we need position 1 in hungary move ahead kimo from egypt
  • Friday, 29 Jul 2011 10:22 by Matdina
    Great race Fernando! Happy birthday! CZ
  • Friday, 29 Jul 2011 10:33 by Micol
    Happy Birthday Fernando and Good luck for this week-end on the Magyaran Ring!!! Feliz Cumpleanoz Fernando! Michy
  • Friday, 29 Jul 2011 10:43 by ayumi
    HAPPY 30th BIRTHDAY, Fernando!! Have a nice weekend.I hope you will win the race. Good luck♡
  • Friday, 29 Jul 2011 11:11 by Nagore
    Hey, Happy birthday!!! Enjoy your day and the weekend. There are 25 points waiting for u, go for them!!! best whises
  • Friday, 29 Jul 2011 11:46 by William Tho
    Alonso, Happy birthday to you.. May all your wishes come true. Hopefully you will win the Hugarian GP this weekend and the throphy might be the best present for your 30th bithday.. All the best to u. William from Singapore
  • Friday, 29 Jul 2011 11:50 by Raj
    Alonso, I wish all your wishes which will bring happiness should come true... My greatest driver of F1 - Wish you a long life... Raj from Oz
  • Friday, 29 Jul 2011 01:11 by Kate
    Happy birthday Fernando! I have my birthday on this week, on Saturday! Give us a gift I love you I love Ferrari!!!!!!
  • Friday, 29 Jul 2011 01:25 by Aleksander Polyakov!
    Happy Birthday! Have a nice weekend!
  • Friday, 29 Jul 2011 01:32 by Begüm Kültür
    Hey!Feliz Cumpleaños Fernando :). I hope you are gonna win Sunday and it's gonna be a perfect present. I guess Turkey is out anymore but ı'm gonna find a way to see you again.. Whatever you do we are gonna support you , you deserve the best things in the whole world.. Be happy during your whole life and take care yourself.. with love.. Begum from Turkey
  • Friday, 29 Jul 2011 02:44 by MMS
    Happy birthday Fernando. I wish you good luck. I hope that you will win on Sunday! All my family and friends support you. You are great driver, show us that you can win! Kisses from Poland!
  • Friday, 29 Jul 2011 02:45 by FAsterBanu
    Dear Fernando., thanks for making us smiling always., on this special today., I would like to wish you Happy 30th birthday and wish you the best luck on this weekend. We know you will win the race. Forza Fernando !!! your FAster & your supporter ( Banu ) from Turkey
  • Friday, 29 Jul 2011 02:56 by Lilia
    Happy birthday Fernando!!! I hope in this very special track for you you will get your next victory! I wish you well celebrate your birthday and enjoy the race! Good luck Lilia, Kiev, Ukraine
  • Friday, 29 Jul 2011 03:06 by Weronika
    Happy Birthday Champion! Good luck, in Hungaroring ;)
  • Friday, 29 Jul 2011 03:10 by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...What a great day for you today. You did so many laps, also very good results P3 & P2 in both Practices.. And now, we keep our fingers crossed, you will be in P1 all the way through....xoxoxoxoxo
  • Friday, 29 Jul 2011 05:27 by Mark Stephens
    Dear Fernando: We wish you a very happy birthday and best of luck this weekend!! We are cheering for you all the way!!! Ciao! -Mark, Susan, Andrew and Christian
  • Friday, 29 Jul 2011 05:57 by Luisa Cambras
    Cumpleanos Feliz ... Cumpleanos Feliz ... Te Deseamos Ferito ... Cumpleanos Feliz!! I hope you’ve had a nice Birthday so far my lovely quintessential Leo man ... according to your star sign personality traits you are ambitious, fearless, passionate and charismatic ... you’re also fun to be with as you have boundless energy, a playful attitude and an optimistic view of life ... you’re hardwired to be independent and responsible and will more often than not fight to preserve your pride and honor by any means necessary ... you’re competitive and share your glory with your near and dear ones freely ... generous with gifts and never mean with money ... you derive your sense of achievement from how other people perceive you and you can get hurt very easily! Wow ... I think that describes you perfectly Ferito (what do you think?) ... also your similarities with the male lion are your muscular body and grace of movement (and of course those large soulful eyes) ... and so ... it’s your milestone 30th Birthday today dear heart and I wish you all the success and happiness that you wish for yourself and that you truly deserve ... wouldn’t it be a nice way to remember this particular birthday if you won this Hungarian Grand Prix before F1’s summer break (yey!). It was Vince Lombardi who once said that: “The spirit ... the will to win ... and the will to excel are the things that endure ... these qualities are so much more important than the events that occur” ... mmm wise words but I don’t think they can really apply to ‘Formula One Racing’ because it’s absolutely what ‘occurs’ during the race that shows the individual drivers’ spirit and excellence which (for one of them) brings the win!! Ooh does that make sense (ha! ha!) ... anyway enjoy the rest of your evening dear heart and good luck on Sunday! xxxxxxx
  • Friday, 29 Jul 2011 06:57 by Konstantin
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY FERNANDO! The best gift is a victory in Hungary! Good luck this weekend! Constantine, Makar Russia.
  • Friday, 29 Jul 2011 07:48 by Danny B
    Best wishes on your 30th Birthday. How wonderfull to be celebrating a 30th birthday and driving for the BEST team in F1. Every boys dream!! Good luck on Sunday.You are doing a great job for the Scuderia
  • Friday, 29 Jul 2011 08:20 by MARUCIA
  • Friday, 29 Jul 2011 09:35 by Fabrice Polakowski
    in first i want to say to you fernando happy birthday and best wishes for the next race ;) forza ferrari forza fernando ;) fabrice polakowski
  • Friday, 29 Jul 2011 10:04 by ZlatkoDimovski
    Happy birthday Fernando, and good luck
  • Friday, 29 Jul 2011 10:17 by david
    Happy birthday and much success racing Fernando
  • Saturday, 30 Jul 2011 01:43 by joshua
  • Saturday, 30 Jul 2011 03:11 by Camila
    Hi Fernando, Feliz Cumpleaños!!!!!! I hope that on Sunday the victory will be your birthday gift! Happy Birthday by the 30 years! And thank you by dedicated 10 years to F1! Go Alonso! Go Ferrari! Good Luck in Hungria! Best wishes! Camila from Brazil.
  • Saturday, 30 Jul 2011 04:20 by Ashok
    Happy birthday Alonso. We want you to bring back our Ferrari to fame. Looking forward for dominating Ferrari+Alonso wins. We need to rock the circuits. All the best!
  • Saturday, 30 Jul 2011 10:53 by Oeslem
    Good Luck for the race Fernando. We believe you can win this race if you believe also. Happy birthday champion. New age brings happiness to you. I'ıı always support you. Greetings from Turkey.
  • Saturday, 30 Jul 2011 02:16 by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...Congratulations P5. We have to let you know how AMAZING you are in whole Practice & Qualifying sessions, your 150º Italia is definitely competitive enough to fight for the Win tomorrow..!! Let's keep very positive. We will see your big big smile on the podium.. Forza Fernando., AVANTI AVANTI AVANTI... xoxoxoxoxo
  • Sunday, 31 Jul 2011 09:45 by
    Good luck Fernando. You are the best and you are going to win all the races.
  • Sunday, 31 Jul 2011 03:32 by Konstantin
    Hi Fernando! You had a great race. Now would be holidays, rest and gain strength before the final stages. We believe in your victory and win for Ferrari! Constantine, Makar.Rossia.
  • Sunday, 31 Jul 2011 03:47 by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...Congratulations P3 finished. Great to watch you standing on the podium on this special weekend. This was such a dramatic & a very exciting race. We are very grateful of the result. I think podium is a nice 30th birthday present you gave to yourself... Thank you very much Fernando, you are a true fighter and always fight to the end. We are proud of you and love you.. xoxoxoxo From AUS & TWN
  • Sunday, 31 Jul 2011 07:48 by Carla
    What a great birthday treat! Congratulations, enjoy some well deserved time off x
  • Monday, 1 Aug 2011 12:15 by mporras
    great race!! enjoy your time off and get ready for the next race :D
  • Monday, 1 Aug 2011 08:05 by kimcanada
    Dear Fernando Congrats on third place!! How wonderful to get a podium for your birthday. What a race, I was so scared for you at times, track looked so slippery, but you were amazing as usual. Thank you for the entertainment, I enjoyed it so much. I wish you a wonderful vacation, get lots of rest, and come back ever stronger. It will be a long weeks for me, I will miss you more than you know. Love you lots Kim (Canada)
  • Tuesday, 2 Aug 2011 05:57 by Luisa Cambras
    Hola Ferito ...many congratulations on your No.3 podium finish in Budapest sweetie ... ohh I know just how hard you had to push on every single metre of that Hungaroring tarmac to (actually stay on it and) garner those precious15 points ... and I also ‘know’ a lot more that I need to convey to you when I have more time ... yesterday and earlier today I’ve been busy going through the Hungarian qualifying and race tapes and jotting down every significant detail so that I can continue with my campaign ... a campaign that will ultimately prove to be very worthwhile mi querido ... so much I want to tell you but I will have to do it in manageable instalments ... the most important thing for you over the summer break is to really rest, relax and (yes) recharge your batteries ha! ha! Bask ... swim ... be a couch potato ... listen to soothing music ... do anything which will help to put ‘racing’ out of your mind (just temporarily) ... pamper yourself ... indulge while you can ... then you will go to Maranello and Spa feeling rejuvenated and ready for anything (and all that long-haul travelling later in the year) ... must dash sweetie ... I’m so proud of you ... really ... truly ... deeply ... sending a big hug and heartfelt kiss until next time X
  • Wednesday, 10 Aug 2011 02:31 by Cristina
    Hello Alonso How are you? I am well. The 28 of August there ia a Grand Prix of Belgium. Good luck in the race of sunday try to finish in the podium ok? I love you and I love Ferrari :) I am a fan of you Alonso :) FORZA FERRARIIIIII :D What handsome are you Alonso :D Cristina From Spain
  • Friday, 19 Aug 2011 11:19 by mike
    Goodluck on your next at SPA, hope you'll be fighting for the podium. GO ALONZO and FERRARI!
  • Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 08:21 by Diana
    Hello Alonso!Will be great if you read all of this wishes and messages from us.I just want to know that we believe in you.We know that you are workaholic and deserve to be the best !



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