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A podium to complete the collection

November 9, 2011 · Posted by Fernando Alonso

I’m on my way to Abu Dhabi, where I will arrive this evening ahead of the penultimate round of this long season. We’ve now come to the end of the championship: there’s still second place in the drivers’ standings to play for but, to be honest, I would we much happier if we could add another win to the one we took at Silverstone in July. Talking to the guys in the team I can see they would really love to give me the chance to come second in the championship. I’m delighted it’s like that because I know they feel it would be some kind of recognition for the efforts that have been put in by everyone during the season. But you know how we drivers are made: we always want to come first and the other positions are less important.

I completely appreciate that winning will be very difficult. In this closing part of the season the relative positions are very clear but we have also seen there are some conditions in which we can fight for victory: as happened in Suzuka, for example. We know if we all get everything right we can fight for the top three but our natural qualifying position is on the third row. Then in the race things can go differently but that is the realistic situation. So our target is the podium. Apart from anything else that result would allow me to fill a gap in my trophy cabinet as Abu Dhabi is the only race on the calendar from which I have yet to bring home silverware.

I’m sure that the most frequent question in tomorrow’s press briefings will be about my return to the Yas Marina circuit after last year’s race. It would not be honest if I told you I won’t be a bit uncomfortable thinking about it tomorrow morning when I see the paddock for the first time. But then the feeling will vanish and it will leave room for the present, which is about aiming to do well this weekend and in the future: to learn as much as possible with next season in mind. It’s right that it should be like that because in sport, as in the rest of life, you must always look ahead. Abu Dhabi 2010 was an important stage in my career and I have no doubt that even through that bad day, my relationship with Ferrari has become even stronger.


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29 responses so far

  • Wednesday, 9 Nov 2011 02:28 by Reshma Arora
    All the best for the race Fernando! Hope you get this silverware to complete your cabinet. Its awesome that everyone in the team is still working hard, at the end of a long and tiring season. As a Ferrari fan, I would love for you to bag the second place in the driver's championship. Also hope that next season, Ferrari is a contentor for the top spot, because thats where it belongs.
  • Wednesday, 9 Nov 2011 02:30 by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano…Great to hear from you again. It’s not easy to forget in Yas Marina a year ago, but we know that we all have gone through and you will have a very strong return in this circuit this weekend. Please always remember, we are here supporting you no matter what, because you are a true fighter, you are a brilliant F1 pilot and you are our CHAMPION…FORZA FERNANDO…xoxoxoxoxo
  • Wednesday, 9 Nov 2011 02:36 by lupe
    good luck on Yas Marina, no matter what happen, you have done a great season.
  • Wednesday, 9 Nov 2011 03:53 by claire Vandamme
    Hi Fernando, I hope you can fill the gap in your trophy cabinet sunday evening ! I wish you a nice weekend in Abu Dhabi with lots of pleasure and good results. The most important thing is that you enjoy what you are doing. Kind regards, Claire from Belgium.
  • Wednesday, 9 Nov 2011 03:55 by kimcanada
    Good morning Sweetheart So good to hear from you, it has been too long. I hope for you, a great result this weekend, you deserve to be up there on the podium, with your wonderful, beautiful smile lighting up the world. I swear your smile brings the sunshine! I am hoping you will come in second in the championship, that would be great for you, and that you complete your trophy collection. It is now November, you know what that means, putting on snow tires and getting ready for the next brutal months, because you know what is worse than a Canadian winter? ---- NOTHING!! Oh well, nothing you can do about it. Fernando, you are forever in my thoughts, and always close to my heart, I can’t help myself, I love you honey :) Kim (Canada)
  • Wednesday, 9 Nov 2011 04:02 by Ivan Shutka
    Hallo, Fernando! Thank's for the podium in India!!! It was fantasic grand prix. I think you can win the Abu Dhabi grand prix and became a second in championship!!! Good luck!!!
  • Wednesday, 9 Nov 2011 05:12 by omar fallah
    good luck nano u can do it
  • Thursday, 10 Nov 2011 10:04 by 'Amirah
    It's been a long time since you write. Nice to hear from you again! All the best for this weekend's race. Take care :)
  • Thursday, 10 Nov 2011 12:50 by Nizla
    Fernando, here's a big comforting hug as you go to Abu Dhabi this weekend. You're a much stronger racer now and we know you'll be fantastic this weekend. I hope you enjoy the race and give it your all. We're standing behind you, supporting you all the way! All the very best! Lots of love, Niz from Sri Lanka
  • Thursday, 10 Nov 2011 01:00 by Ayako M
    This time, I believe that you will be on top of the podium. Fernando, you can make it ! You are the BEST! Fight back! ... and Good luck!
  • Thursday, 10 Nov 2011 03:54 by Aako M
    Dear Fernando, Thanks for the great race in Indian GP. I was so happy when I saw you smiling on the podium. This time, in Yas Marina circuit, hopefully everything will be going right to get you on the podium again. Good luck! Go for it ! by Ayako in Tokyo, JPN
  • Thursday, 10 Nov 2011 04:04 by Gav
    The very best of luck this weekend Fernando, I will be cheering you on to hopefully a win on Sunday.
  • Thursday, 10 Nov 2011 04:09 by Caroline Swanson
    Great to hear your thoughts Fernando, good luck for the weekend! Love from Liverpool xx
  • Friday, 11 Nov 2011 07:48 by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...Good luck in both practices today. Also, guess what, Fernando! We just received our tickets for AUS GP in 2012. WooHoooo..^_^ Couldn't wait to meet you again in Albert Park...TOMA xoxoxo
  • Friday, 11 Nov 2011 08:06 by Jon
    Hi Fernando, You're the best driver...forzaaaa
  • Friday, 11 Nov 2011 08:38 by Niels Reijnen
    Dear fernando, good luck for the weekend. and take the second place this year!!!!! we wil take the first next year!!!!!!! we wil come back!!!!!
  • Friday, 11 Nov 2011 09:06 by Monika
    Dear Fernando, I wish you all the best for the GP in Abu Dhabi. I hope i can see you on the podium. You are simply the best! I love you so much. Good Luck and a big hug, Monika.
  • Friday, 11 Nov 2011 09:54 by Cristina
    Hello Alonso how are you?? Good lucking this weekend in the clasification ok try to finish thirth fourth or fifth ok?? ;) and good lucking in the race try to finish in the podium ok( in Abu Dhabi) ok In the next year try to win the thirth Wold Championship ok( but Ferrari has to improve very much the car ok)for you can to be Wold Champion of thirth time ok?? GOOD LUCKING THIS WEEKEND OK ALONSO?? :D FORZA FERRARIIIIIIII :D WHAT HANDSOME ARE YOU ALONSOOO!!!! :D (I love you Alonsoooo!!!!!!!) :) (BY YOUR FAN CRISTINA LÓPEZ MARAGOTO 18 YEARS)
  • Saturday, 12 Nov 2011 12:46 by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...Everything will be fantastic this weekend. Right strategies, great team works plus you SUPER F1 pilot, all these elements will take you to the podium for sure. We keep very positive and wishing the very best luck. Bring it on Fernando...xoxoxoxoxo
  • Saturday, 12 Nov 2011 01:42 by
    Stay strong!Don't give up!^^
  • Saturday, 12 Nov 2011 01:47 by Diana
    Good luck Alonso ! You are greatest pilot ever !
  • Sunday, 13 Nov 2011 09:07 by Alonso_Liverpool_fan
    Good luck in the race. I hope you win, but we know it will be very hard. Best wishes from Sofia, Bulgaria.
  • Sunday, 13 Nov 2011 03:28 by 'Amirah
    You have no idea how happy I am right now! You have now completed your trophy collection. Congrats Fer ;)
  • Sunday, 13 Nov 2011 03:28 by FAsterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...TOMA......!!! Congratulations P2 on the podium. What a beautiful trophy you received, finally you complete your trophy collections and for sure there are more to come!!! We are so proud of you Fernando, what a BRILLIANT race today, had a good start, then overtaking Jenson and fought for the victory. WOW.. once again, you just showed us how AMAZING you are, how GREAT you are. You are just simply the BEST! Thanks to your team also big thanks to your boy...!!! AVANTI... Love you from Australia..xoxoxoxoxo
  • Sunday, 13 Nov 2011 08:56 by Caroline Swanson
    That was a great result Fernando! Magic! Lots of love from Liverpool xx
  • Sunday, 13 Nov 2011 11:02 by Cristina
    I LIKE THE RACE BECAUSE FINALLY YOU FINISHED SECOND ALONSOO!!!! :D Very Welllll!!! In the last race(in Brasil) try to finish in the podium too ok?? WHAT HANDSOME ARE YOU ALONSOOO!!! :D FORZA FERRARIIIIIIII ;) I love you Alonsoooo :D BY: YOUR FAN CRISTINA FROM SPAIN (FERROL)
  • Sunday, 13 Nov 2011 11:12 by natalia
    Best regards for the best driver in the world, Fernando Alonso, who from my daughter and me for years has a lot of support, go ahead, we believe in you, you are the strongest, Natalia and Ancxy
  • Monday, 14 Nov 2011 08:48 by Nizla
    Congratulations Alonso! What a fantastic race! And you've got the silverware to complete the collection! Just goes to show that you can achieve anything you set your mind to. :) World champion next year! Lots of love, Niz from Sri Lanka
  • Friday, 30 Dec 2011 07:08 by nereaf1
    Happy New Year :)



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