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A hot weekend in prospect…

March 21, 2012 · Posted by Fernando Alonso
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I’ve been in Kuala Lumpur since Monday already. As my trainer Edoardo Bendinelli has previously explained to you (see The battle with the heat is played out in advance) it’s important to acclimatise quickly to the extreme conditions, especially for us Europeans when we’re in this corner of the globe. Yesterday, for example, I played Golf with Edoardo and my manager Luis: we were the only ones on the course as no one was prepared to venture out in the heat!

This is the longest race in terms of distance, but above all, it’s the most tiring from the physical point of view: it is vital to be as well prepared as possible and, towards the end, that can also make a difference out on track. I’m doing all I can to be ready for this weekend, just as is the team; all the guys here in the garage in Sepang, for whom it is also very draining to work in these conditions and all the people back home in Maranello. In Malaysia, we will once again be racing on the defensive. There’s no other way we can go about it, given that the F2012 is practically identical to what we ran in Australia. We will have to try and adapt it as well as possible, knowing it won’t be easy. There are two points we will have to work on with great attention: finding the right compromise in terms of the aerodynamic balance and the tyre degradation. Sepang has two real straights where, because they are very long, a lack of top speed carries a higher price than in Melbourne, where the two straights on which you could use DRS were reasonably short.

We will have to see how the Pirelli tyres behave in the high temperatures here in Malaysia. Last year, we ended up doing four stops so we will see if the situation is the same this time. We will have the Medium and Hard compounds while last year we ran Soft-Hard. Given that this year, the four types of Pirelli tyre are much more similar to one another in terms of performance over a lap, maybe it will be a different picture.

By the second free practice session on Friday, we should already start to get a more accurate impression. The word “should” applies because every session here, especially the one in the mid-afternoon, can be affected by rain. There is no other place in the world, the Formula 1 world that is, where it can go from sunshine to torrential rain in the space of a few minutes. Not even at Spa is the variability so acute. Those on the pit wall will have to keep their eyes peeled and look at the radar carefully to be ready for any possible change in the weather.

At the moment, the forecast is for a high chance of rain, both for qualifying and the race, but honestly, I don’t have much faith in the forecast. The important thing is to react promptly and grab every opportunity. The only thing you can be absolutely certain of is that it will be hot, very hot…

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  • Wednesday, 21 Mar 2012 10:07 by 'Amirah
    All the best for this weekend's race! :)
  • Wednesday, 21 Mar 2012 11:10 by Paresh K
    Hey Alonso all the best for sepang race, we know the F2012 might be limping for now but you are the prancing Horse......... keep posting regularly we have fun reading about you. regards,
  • Wednesday, 21 Mar 2012 11:19 by lupe
    Keep the faith Fernando, sooner or later the team will give you the car you deserve. Coongratulations for the Australian race, it was amazing how you managed to finish 5th. Foza Ferrari. lupe.
  • Wednesday, 21 Mar 2012 11:32 by Nuccio Militello
    Good luck in the race.....Forza Ferrari
  • Wednesday, 21 Mar 2012 12:01 by kimcanada
    Hi Fernando This is going to be so hard on you, with the humidity and heat. It must be so uncomfortable for you, but you are a champion and I know you will look past the physical discomfort and just do what you do best, but that doesn't mean I won't worry about you though. I will be with you, supporting you all weekend as always, so please stay safe and try to stay cool. Love you lots Kim (Canada)
  • Wednesday, 21 Mar 2012 01:41 by Magnus Karlsson
    You are the true champ, matador!
  • Wednesday, 21 Mar 2012 01:52 by William Tho
    Hi Alonso.. I have the confidence on you for this weekend Malaysian GP, also my home GP, and the rest of races this season. See you at Malaysian GP this weekend. Hope can see you in person and get your autograph again All the best, Alonso..
  • Wednesday, 21 Mar 2012 02:13 by Balazs Szabo
    Dear Fernando, I hope you can carry on your outstanding pace you showed in Australia. You got more out of the car than anybody would have been able to. I hope the team can get on top of the problem regarding the exhaust, because we don't have any more time to lose, we should soon concentrate on other things such as the W-duct. Best wishes, Balazs
  • Wednesday, 21 Mar 2012 02:35 by FasterEvaNano
    Hi Nano…Thank you very much letting us know how great trainings you have and you are doing. You prepare so well getting ready for this HOT Grand Prix this weekend. No matter what the weather will be, no matter what the other teams will be doing. We all know you will focus on yourself and fight to get the best position . We have faith on you and your team, because everyone in Sepang now knows how important it is..!! Support you all the way…..xoxoxo
  • Wednesday, 21 Mar 2012 02:52 by skingg
    You are the main reason I am watching and loving Formula One today! I pray that Ferrari will overturn F2012's performance very soon! Good luck in this week's Sepang race!
  • Wednesday, 21 Mar 2012 03:27 by Ashok Sundaram
    You never cease to amaze me Alonso - finishing fifth at Albert Park was exceptional performance. You already know that you are currently the best driver in Formula One grid - I really don't know how you stay so focused and consistent without getting distracted. Your time will come at SF to win a few championships in a row - please be patient and keep doing what you do best (wrestle that prancing horse to the finish line). You have been an inspiration for us tifosi. You also keep the boys and girls at Maranello motivated to work harder - to provide you with a more competitive car. Best wishes and good luck from Canada - can't wait to see you race here in Montreal.
  • Wednesday, 21 Mar 2012 06:54 by Nyna Carmen
    I would like to see you at the weekend so you should be in top three.:-)
  • Wednesday, 21 Mar 2012 07:50 by Horace Cavallaro
    Fernando You are an inspiration to all. Thankyou for the effort in put in and the satisfaction you bring when we can watch such excellence as a driver.
  • Wednesday, 21 Mar 2012 08:41 by Cavey
    Well done in oz can't belive how well you did in that car good luck for this weekend
  • Wednesday, 21 Mar 2012 08:57 by Jurgen Witt
    No fear, you will be on top by the Montreal race, I will be there to see the race have pit tickets ya
  • Wednesday, 21 Mar 2012 10:47 by
    Fernando, excellent driving in the first race, keep it up and soon hopefully you will have a better car to fight with.
  • Thursday, 22 Mar 2012 12:02 by Jaime Ruben Lopez Marines
    Fernando: You are the most focused, agressive, commited, talented driver on the grid. Sooner or later, that will have to pay off to your benefit, Meanwhile, hang in there!
  • Thursday, 22 Mar 2012 03:45 by Sagar
    You are the best, Alonso!!
  • Thursday, 22 Mar 2012 04:04 by Fasterevanano
    Hi Nano...Less than one day to go for first practice.....good luck tomorrow.....xoxo
  • Thursday, 22 Mar 2012 06:11 by Panya
    Best of luck Fernando. Look forward to seeing you on the podium.
  • Thursday, 22 Mar 2012 06:45 by Jani
    Dont give up! Keep on going you and the whole team! Hope you get the title, this season is long and there is still time! Your fan from Finland
  • Friday, 23 Mar 2012 07:39 by Ivan Shutka
    Hi Fernando! I think the team can solve the problem of race car and you can fight for victory. Good luck in Malaysia!
  • Friday, 23 Mar 2012 01:16 by FasterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...quite positive today, very happy to know you & your team gathered lots of information for the weekend. It might be an interesting Qualifying tomorrow, because the heat also the weather...etc. We keep our fingers crossed, front row or second row will be always welcome...!! Please take care in this HOT situation..xoxoxoxo AVANTI...!!
  • Friday, 23 Mar 2012 05:28 by Anurag Singhi
    Fernando, Go win this one!
  • Friday, 23 Mar 2012 07:08 by Sal Rustico
    Fernando, your positive attitude towards Ferrari's future success will soon see you top the podium. Keep your confidence up and know we are cheering for you.
  • Saturday, 24 Mar 2012 12:52 by Nagore
    I hope u'll get a lot of points, again. Best wishes guys!!
  • Saturday, 24 Mar 2012 10:26 by EVELINA
    Fernando good luck for this long and demanding race!!! we 've been always supporting you and now more than ever!!!hope for the best for you and the team!!! kisses from Greece!!!
  • Saturday, 24 Mar 2012 01:55 by FasterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...It's never easy, but again, you did your best into Q3. We hope it will be a trouble free day tomorrow and things will go your way. Wishing you the BEST luck...Go Fernando.........!!! xoxoxoxoxo
  • Saturday, 24 Mar 2012 02:54 by Romero
    Come on Fernando! We are going to beat the Mclarens and the Red Bulls! The F2012 is not a good car now, but it's going to get better! And you are going to be the world champion!
  • Sunday, 25 Mar 2012 12:30 by Konstantin
    Hi, Fernando! Fantastic race was very difficult to keep Perez but you won the race. Fantastic Fernando. Fernando Bravo!
  • Sunday, 25 Mar 2012 12:46 by FasterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...CONGRATULATIONS..!! What a great race, What a remarkable Victory and What a brilliant fighter you are...!!! Never give up and always give it all, even more than ever. You are well deserved. Thanks to your boy F2012, Thanks to your great team...Thanks to you. Muchas Gracias.....Fernando YOU ARE A CHAMPION...!!!!! your great great supporters from Australia & Taiwan..xoxoxoxoxo
  • Sunday, 25 Mar 2012 01:40 by FasterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...So proud of you. You are a Super Happy Man and We are your Super Happy supporters....xoxoxo
  • Sunday, 25 Mar 2012 02:08 by Nyna Carmen
    Congratulation! Everybody can see that you were the best today. Thanx for the weekend. I enjoyed to watching you.
  • Sunday, 25 Mar 2012 04:44 by kimcanada
    Amazing race Fernando! That was so intense, what a great battle, a real nail bitter, but you came out first, after all the talk, who would have guessed, Me! I had a dream you were on the podium, I had no doubts. I am so proud of you, you do things that seem impossible, all the time, not sure how you do it, but you do and never let us down, ever. You are leading the championship right now, I am sure you did not think that possible going into this race, but you pulled it off, you truly are magic. Seeing that great big smile, so wonderful to see. My world lights up when you smile, I can't help but smile right along with you. Remember, always I am with you, heart and soul. Wrapping my arms around you, biggest hug ever, love you lots Kim (Canada)
  • Sunday, 25 Mar 2012 08:12 by hello
    Congratulations!! Thank you very much for winning the race, I really enjoy it. It was very nice to see you smiling again. ;-)
  • Monday, 26 Mar 2012 12:14 by Ferrari Fan
    Bravo Fernando. Sepang was a good race, and you made it. Ferrari is on top again. Fast tyre change, cool driving and tactics make you champion again. From Hungary. F2012
  • Monday, 26 Mar 2012 12:44 by evelina
    on sunday I was celebrating my name day and you gave me the best present and the most beautiful smile from the 1st place!!! well done to you and the team!!! kisses from Greece!!!
  • Monday, 26 Mar 2012 04:03 by Safwan
    Congrats champ for winning Malaysia Grand Prix!! Hope to see you winning and looking forward for the next race in China!
  • Monday, 26 Mar 2012 04:48 by STUART PITTORINO
    CONGRATULATIONS FERNANDO!!!! A fantastic result for yourself and the team!!! Keep up the hard work, keep the MOMENTUM and in a few races you will be adding some more trophies!!! Hope to see you in Montana restaurant soon!!! Best regards Stuart
  • Monday, 26 Mar 2012 08:16 by Xelen
    You are the best :) Love u so much Nando!!! Regards from Serbia ;*
  • Monday, 26 Mar 2012 09:59 by dude
    although it's a shame that a ferrari win is a surprise, fernando you were unbelievable. you can shine anywhere, that's for sure. your skills are so advanced, that you can cover any disadvantage. you give everybody confidence. hello from Greece.
  • Tuesday, 27 Mar 2012 02:56 by Lorraine
    Bravissimo Fernando! What a race and what a win ~ pure magic! Congratulations to you and the team.
  • Tuesday, 27 Mar 2012 06:22 by Niz
    Fernando! You are such an inspiration to watch. Such a fantastic drive from you in such difficult conditions in Malaysia. You kept the competition at bay and you proved yet again what a complete driver you are. Absolutely uplifting. : ) I hope the car is more competitive at the next race and you continue to work your Spanish magic. :) Lots of love, Niz from Sri Lanka

 

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