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A bit of Chinese relaxation before Bahrain

April 17, 2012 · Posted by Fernando Alonso

Another day off in Shanghai, before heading for Bahrain. I feel comfortable here: it’s a city that’s full of life and that offers so many things to do. And on top of that, the weather is really lovely today, as you can see in the photo I’ve posted on @alo_oficial. I had lunch in a nice open-air restaurant on the Bund with my physio Fabrizio, my manager Luis and some guys from the team. For once, Formula 1 did not appear on the topics of conversation as we just had a bit of healthy fun. Everyone needs a bit of break, otherwise you’ll struggle to be at your best over the race weekend, don’t you think?

Of course, that doesn’t mean we’re not thinking about the next race, far from it. I am well aware that in Sakhir, we can expect another difficult weekend, which is only natural, partly because of the track characteristics and also because the car is the same one we had in Shanghai. Both the Scuderia and I have a good record in Bahrain: the team has four victories here and I’ve got three, the last of which was also my debut race for the Prancing Horse. But the past counts for nothing in this sport and this weekend will be all about damage limitation for us. The championship is very open and there are a lot of teams that can aspire to victory, but clearly we need to make a leap forward to be more competitive if we want to aspire to coming out on top at the end. We have to take the step forward as soon as possible. I have faith in the team and I know everyone at Maranello is giving their all so that we can reach this objective.

This weekend we will do our best and I hope I can have a race where I spend less time in traffic than I did last Sunday. It was definitely frustrating not being able to get almost a single traffic-free lap because my pace, at least in some phases of the race was not at all bad. However, when I found myself behind Hamilton after the final stop, he had the turn of speed to get past the others, whereas I had to turn somersaults to overtake in rather more difficult places than the very long straight. Not only that, but I also had little hope of defending my position when others used the DRS, as was the case with Maldonaldo. I had passed him, but then he got me back just at the braking point for Turn 14.

I want to congratulate the pit crew: again in China they were the quickest and to do a time of 2”6 up to the green light, not once, but twice, as they recorded that time with both me and Felipe, is really a great time!

Today also sees the start of an important cycle in Real Madrid’s season: in just over a week, it will go up against Bayern Munich twice for the Champions League semi-final and, in between they take on Barca at the Camp Nou in the return match of what is known as “the Clasico.” I hope I can find a Chinese TV channel tonight showing the Munich match: the commentary might be hard to follow, but it’s the picture that matters!


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22 responses so far

  • Tuesday, 17 Apr 2012 03:54 by FasterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...always feel so relax & comfortable to read your diary here. Very positive and always look forward... Thanks again for sharing all things on Twitter also Facebook with us. We know much better about you & how things go...xoxo .. in coming next few days, please Fernando, take extra care of yourself & be safe. We pray for everyone in the circuit.. Meantime, of course, keep fighting. No matter what's the situation, we know you will never give up and deliver the best result together with your boy F2012...Vamos Fernando....xoxoxoxoxo
  • Tuesday, 17 Apr 2012 05:09 by lupe
    Great race the last weekend Fernando, shame that the traffic was so insane and the lack of top speed of the car. For me it was sad to see you taking so much risk, just to finish 9th, I hope Bahrain goes better, good luck. Lupe.
  • Tuesday, 17 Apr 2012 07:48 by Chris
    Hang in there champ! You'll be leading the pack soon.
  • Tuesday, 17 Apr 2012 09:38 by Balazs Szabo
    Fernando! You are the best, no questions about it. I don't think the Shakhir circuit will be worse then the Shanghai one was. It's true, that there are four long straights and lots of acceleratings out of slow corners, but these acceleratings are made without turning. I think the traction is worse on corner exit when you have to turn the steering wheel at the same time, like the turn 3 in Shanghai. For me the tyre degradation is the biggest cornern due to the very high temperature. Two rival teams seemed to cope very well wit that, while we didn't. I hope your intelligence and fantastic tyre management will make up the deficit. You were holding back the tyre's performance at the start of the first stint in the last race, you always drive so maturely. I have a photo of you in my room in Budapest. You have been my idol , your commitment and talent give me inspiration for my own life.
  • Tuesday, 17 Apr 2012 10:15 by lizzy mcadam
    Still providing an inspirational example of motivation in difficult times. You will be rewarded and so will we - the faithful.
  • Wednesday, 18 Apr 2012 12:04 by Juaki Salido
    It is so painful to watch the lack of pace and grip of the F2012. We can only look forward to the Spanish GP, where updates will hopefully make a significant step forward. Much kudos for the effort you put in to make the car look good when in fact it doesn't. I wish you all the best for your career.
  • Wednesday, 18 Apr 2012 12:07 by kimcanada
    Good morning Fernando Just a note to wish you good luck this weekend. Just remember this, you are beautiful, magical, incredible, close your eyes and believe that as much as I do and only good can come of it. I believe you are all those things and much much more. Please stay safe and know that I am cheering you on always. Good luck Kim (Canada)
  • Wednesday, 18 Apr 2012 02:52 by Nana Zhu
    Nice to hear you feel comfortabe .I really like your smile ,so lovely and warm ,like the sunshine.Go!Go!Go!I trust Ferrari,trust you .
  • Wednesday, 18 Apr 2012 08:57 by Ivan Shutka
    Hi, Fernando!!! Thank you for this positive post! I enjoy reading your blog! Also, thank you for sharing all things on Twitter also Facebook with us. What about F1: 9 position in China- not so bad! Only 8 points behind the leader. Also,i know that in Bahrain you will be hard to show good result but I think that you will be in the top 5. But try to fight for the podium or to win!!! Now the main thing-getting important points so as have a chance to win a championship! Good luck in Bahrain!
  • Thursday, 19 Apr 2012 03:21 by FasterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...We believe in you and your team. Keep pushing.. Very good luck in Practices tomorrow...xoxoxo TOMA#ALO
  • Friday, 20 Apr 2012 02:17 by FasterEvaNano
    Hi's not easy in current situation...but you can manage it well. Good luck in Qualufying.....Fighting#ALO..xoxoxo
  • Friday, 20 Apr 2012 03:18 by BALA
    Hi Fernando, I believe you are the most talented driver today, yet you find yourself in a car that is not performing as it should be. I can only imagine your feelings, yet you are positive. That is great and i wish you good luck in Qualifying and the Race in Bahrain. With Regards, Bala
  • Saturday, 21 Apr 2012 01:18 by FasterEvaNano
    Hi's a very exciting & interesting Qualifying. P9 tomorrow, Fingers crossed you will take lots of points home with right strategies. Wishing you & team the very best. Keep calm and keep positive, it's so hot there, please look after yourself very well. AVANTI#ALO, FORZA#FERRARI....xoxoxoxo
  • Saturday, 21 Apr 2012 03:44 by Luisa Cambras
    Hola Ferito … ooh it’s going to be a hot dry race out there in Bahrain tomorrow but I’m hoping the climate will be advantageous re your tyre management? If ANYONE can endure the heat and cope with another potential ‘crazy race’ it’s YOU mi carino … so wherever you find yourself on the starting grid just FLY LIKE THE WIND and keep your foot flat to the floor ‘til you cross that finish line …
  • Saturday, 21 Apr 2012 10:41 by
    alonso,you are the best
  • Sunday, 22 Apr 2012 09:41 by Oscar
    Good luck Fernando, the patience and maturity you are showing in this difficult times will pay its dividens. The F2012 might not be at its best, but your driving is at the top of its game, I'm impressed by the strenght you have shown. Best of luck for this coming GP, I know you will fight hard as always! Forza Ferrari, the team is doing an incredible job, thumbs up for each member!
  • Sunday, 22 Apr 2012 12:43 by Nagore
    Best wishes for the race!!!
  • Sunday, 22 Apr 2012 03:29 by FasterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...What a dramatic race today. A great start in the beginning, then just couldn't keep pace fast enough. It's a very difficult race for you, but Fernando, you are a true fighter on the track. You fought for the position and fought more points. Congratulations P7 finished. We are very happy the result. Thank you very much for everything. We are now looking forward to the next race, and yes, it will be yours home Grand Prix and you will take the 2nd victory in this season. Have a good relax before the testing. Forza Fernando....Love you & support you always from Melbourne & Taiwan..xoxoxo
  • Sunday, 22 Apr 2012 09:04 by r.burgy
    thank god for fernando. imagine the struggles this team would have if it werent for him. keep up the great work. sooner or later they will put a car under you.
  • Tuesday, 24 Apr 2012 11:29 by kimcanada
    Fernando, you had a great start, as always. My heart stopped when the incident with Rosberg happened. He should get something, some kind of penalty, if he had hurt you, well, I won't say what I am thinking, because if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all. So scary, I am glad you are O.K. and that nothing happened. Love you so so much Kim (Canada)
  • Monday, 30 Apr 2012 06:11 by FasterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...finally the testing is around the corner. Wishing you and team will have the best result with all the new upgrade. We are really looking forward to see you jump on the podium in each single GP, especially will be so special in your home Grand Prix next weekend. Good luck...!! Forza#ALO... miss you....xoxoxo
  • Tuesday, 1 May 2012 04:09 by FasterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...Just letting you know, I just booked the tickets for the Australian Grand Prix 2013. So exciting and couldn't wait. Again, for all the upgrade, we will keep very positive and believe in your team will give you a competitive car to fight for each victory this time...Love you.. xoxoxo



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