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A wet welcome to Suzuka

October 5, 2011 · Posted by Fernando Alonso

I arrived in Japan this morning and I found rain waiting to greet me this afternoon when I got to the track at Suzuka. My first thought was, “better today than Saturday or Sunday,” because this year, a wet track has not really brought us much luck. I’m thinking particularly of Canada, where we really looked to have everything required to take the win but in the end, it turned out to be our only no-score of the season so far. The forecast for the week is reasonably good, at least for the first few days, while on Sunday, the threat of rain is slightly higher. In fact, you can never be too sure what to expect here: for example last year, we had to run qualifying on Sunday morning as there had been a storm the previous day which meant the track was unusable.

I went back home after the Singapore Grand Prix. Now we have these two back-to-back races in the Far East, followed by Formula 1’s debut in India, so with that in mind, I felt it was best to relax a bit with the family before the final rush of the season. Even if it’s true we are no longer even mathematically in the hunt for the Drivers’ title, there are still plenty of reasons to retain our motivation to tackle these last five races with the right attitude. First of all there’s second place in the Drivers’ table. Given how the season has gone so far, with Vettel totally dominant, failing to get on the podium only once, being runner-up would really be a great result for me and for the team. There are four of us in the running, as I am up against Webber and the two McLaren guys and I reckon we will have to wait until Interlagos to find out who it will go to.

Clearly, if one looks at the way recent races have gone, it will definitely not be easy, as my closest rivals seem to have that little bit extra in terms of car performance, but that does not mean it’s a lost cause. We know we have to do everything perfectly if we want to reach our goal and we will be trying right to the very end. Then, there’s still second place in the Constructors’ championship, but this is a much harder target, because there’s a significant gap to McLaren, but it’s not impossible. In the end, myself and all the team just want to end a season that did not go the way we wanted in the best way possible. Taking at least one win would be the maximum, while the important thing is to always be in the fight for the podium places.

I’ve won the Japanese Grand Prix twice; once at Fuji and once here at Suzuka, the latter being the best of the two, but I’m sure no one in my current team would agree with that. I can understand that, because I can appreciate how disappointed they must have been when Michael had to retire while leading ahead of me. It’s always bad to see a car stop with a failure. In fact, the same thing happened to me a few weeks earlier in Monza: Formula 1 can be a cruel sport at times.

After Sunday’s race I will go to Tokyo, a city I like a lot. Along with Felipe, I will take part in an event organised by Ferrari Japan for the launch of the 458 Spider. We will also be auctioning a nose section off a 150º Italia used in the Australian Grand Prix, the one that carried a message of support for victims of the earthquake that hit this country a few weeks before that race. I know Ferrari Japan is involved in various initiatives aimed at gathering funds to build a school at Ishinomaki, one of the areas most badly affected. On Saturday at the circuit, we will meet some kids from that city, so it will be nice to be able to do something significant for them.


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31 responses so far

  • Wednesday, 5 Oct 2011 01:22 by lupe
    Good luck for this race Fernando, do give up never, even if you can fight only for the podium.
  • Sunday, 9 Oct 2011 06:58 by shuxingrong
    fernando you are the best. keep fighting !
  • Sunday, 9 Oct 2011 09:05 by Konstantin
    Hi Fernando! Great race, great fight. The following year, Ferrari, and you are a champion! Konstantin Russia.
  • Sunday, 9 Oct 2011 10:04 by 'Amirah
    5th to 2nd. Getting on the podium was what you and the team have aimed for. Congratulations! If in football there's the Man of the Match, for this Japanese GP, you are the Driver of the Day! Well done Fernando! :)
  • Tuesday, 11 Oct 2011 11:23 by kimcanada
    Hi Fernando Great result this weekend, great race. Congrats on 2nd place, you were amazing as always. Love you lots Kim (Canada)
  • Wednesday, 12 Oct 2011 10:07 by Mark Stephens
    Dear Fernando: a very special thank you from all us Tifosi here in Denver, Colorado!! Your podium finish was a giant boost for all of us and we would like to thank you, the team, just everyone at Ferrari for such a great weekend! We wish you another great finish this coming weekend!!! Ciao Mark, Susan, Andrew and Christian!
  • Thursday, 13 Oct 2011 07:14 by Nizla
    Alonso! You were fantastic in Japan and I loved watching you race in Singapore!! There was something so special about the lights reflecting off the Ferrari and your super cool gold helmet! : ) good luck for Korea this weekend! Lots of love, Niz from Sri Lanka
  • Friday, 14 Oct 2011 07:50 by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...Hopefully the weather will be much better and much warmer than today., and you & team will find more data you need. Good luck in Qualifying tomorrow. FORZA...xoxoxo
  • Friday, 14 Oct 2011 01:49 by Ivan Shutka
    Hallo, Fernando!!! Thank you Fernando for podium in Japan and in Korea! Try to win Korean grand prix, good luck!!!
  • Friday, 14 Oct 2011 10:19 by Cristina
    Hello Alonso How are you? I like the race of Japan because you finally finished second!! :) Good lucking this weekend in the clasification try to go out fourth or fifth ok?? ( the saturday) Good lucking the sunday in the race try to finish in the podium ok :) Good lucking the saturday and sunday ok Alonso?? ;) What handsome are you Alonso!!! FORZA FERARIIIIIIII :D By: Cristina López 18 years :D
  • Saturday, 15 Oct 2011 09:17 by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...We will never know how things will go on Sunday. So, we will keep positive and keep our fingers crossed, hopefully everything will be going right to get you on podium again. Forza Fernando and good luck xoxoxoxo
  • Sunday, 16 Oct 2011 08:51 by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano... How AMAZING you were today!! unfortunately the car was not really competitive, but you did absolutely BRILLIANT job to fight for the position. We couldn't ask any more from you today, because you gave 300% plus... Muchas Gracias Fernando xoxoxoxoxo
  • Sunday, 16 Oct 2011 08:59 by Konstantin
    Hi Fernando! Great Race Excellent driving on the highway in Korea! Fernando Bravo! Konstantin.Rossia
  • Sunday, 16 Oct 2011 06:47 by Nizla
    What an awesome drive to the finish today in Korea Fernando! I'm sure you didn't give up! The next race in India will be new and exciting and I'm sure you'll be in amazing form! Lots of love and best wishes, Niz from Sri Lanka
  • Sunday, 16 Oct 2011 10:00 by Cristina
    Hello Alonso how are you after this weekend?? :) The clasificaction does not very much because you goes out sixth xD The race does not very much because you finished fifth xD In the next race try to finish in the podium ook?? ;) What handsome are you Alonso :D FORZA FERARIIIIIIIIIIII :D By your fan Cristina :)
  • Monday, 17 Oct 2011 11:18 by hi
    as u know millions people living in india , we here have great expectation for the first f1 race in noida delhi,we want ferrari to win the race at any cost ,,,if you cant win here please don't come..if u win that will be added to the history in Motorsport here in india,,i hope a better response from the team and drivers,,,,hopefully better fight for winning the race,,, aash
  • Tuesday, 18 Oct 2011 02:30 by kimcanada
    Hello Fernando Great work on Sunday, you fought hard the entire race, you gave 110% for sure. I am sorry you could not get on the podium, but there is always next race. After what happened on Sunday in Las Vegas, it scares me so much, how dangerous what you do is, I try not to think about it. That was horrific and very hard to watch. Please Fernando, stay safe, and take care of yourself because you matter. Love you so much Kim (Canada)
  • Sunday, 23 Oct 2011 10:29 by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...Another horrible incident just happened, Marco Simoncelli didn't make it. It's very hard for us to accept the truth. We here, Please you Fernando and all you pilots stay safe. Please.....xoxoxoxo
  • Wednesday, 26 Oct 2011 08:32 by
    thank you for being such an inspirational person and one of the best driver ever. Keep it up,you're absolutely great. Best luck and I hope you'll win some other titles in the future. Your greatest italian fan Fede
  • Thursday, 27 Oct 2011 02:55 by nereaf1
    Please, Fer, be careful in the race...
  • Friday, 28 Oct 2011 12:39 by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...Looking forward to see you return on the track, especially this is the brandy new one. Good luck & enjoy it...xoxoxoxo
  • Friday, 28 Oct 2011 11:38 by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi's very difficult in FP1, but you did very well in FP2. And we believe you will be doing even better tomorrow. All the best in Qualifying...xoxoxo
  • Saturday, 29 Oct 2011 11:06 by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...It's a good Qualifying today. We are very happy to see the good pace on your boy..^_^ We are looking forward to see your super battle in first corner tomorrow, as you will start in clean side. Wishing you and team the very best luck in any situation and fingers crossed you will take one of the trophy home into your collections. Forza Fernando. Love you from AUS & TWN xoxoxoxo
  • Saturday, 29 Oct 2011 08:42 by kimcanada
    Good luck tomorrow Fernando Have a great start and never give up!! I am with you all the way, good luck and stay safe XXXXXXOOOOOOO Kim (Canada)
  • Sunday, 30 Oct 2011 05:42 by Alonsosina
    I'm a fan of Fernando since my childhood. You are truly a great driver. I hope the 2012 season will bring a new title of World Champion
  • Sunday, 30 Oct 2011 12:05 by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...Congratulations P3 on the podium. Thanks to your team have the good strategy in your 2nd pitstop. We are so pleased. Great battle, hard fought and fantastic jobs today. You make us proud of you always, also you take one of the trophies home. TOMA........!! Thank you Fernando and your boy, it's really not easy race, but you made it and finished on the podium. AVANTI...xoxoxoxo
  • Sunday, 30 Oct 2011 02:42 by Caroline Swanson
    Congratulations Fernando on another podium! Love from Liverpool xx
  • Monday, 31 Oct 2011 12:02 by kimcanada
    Congratulations on 3rd place!!! Great to see your smile again. Hope to hear from you soon Love Kim (Canada)
  • Tuesday, 1 Nov 2011 10:17 by Cristina
    Hello Alonso How are you this festive`s days?? :D HOW ARE YOU IN THE SUNDAY'S PARTY IN INDIA?? The race was well. Finally you finished thirth welll :D ( In the Grand Prix of India) If you can in the last races try to finish in the podium okk?? FORZA FERARIIIIIIIIIIII :D WHAT HANDSOME ARE YOU ALONSOO!!! :D By your fan: Cristina :D
  • Monday, 7 Nov 2011 02:04 by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...Looking forward to this weekend. Fingers crossed you will take one more trophy into your collections. We all believe in you...xoxoxo
  • Tuesday, 8 Nov 2011 11:58 by Nec
    hi are the best driver in are the real champion!!!



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