Alonso: Winning is great but long way to go
28 July, 2010
Jul.28 (Ferrari) Fernando Alonso and Ferrari topped the podium at Hockenheim, venue of the German Grand Prix. It was the second time in the Spaniard’s maiden season at Maranello that he won, the first time being at the season opener in Bahrain earlier this year.
The Hockenheim win has caused great controversy and resulted in a big fine imposed by the FIA stewards in what was a case of team orders.
The two times F1 World Champion said about his Hockenheim win, “All wins are special. Winning is a great feeling and that was the case in Hockenheim, especially when I think of the huge workload undertaken by everyone at Maranello to achieve this fantastic one-two finish. No one ever gave up and I know how pleased they were to see two Ferraris cross the line ahead of all our rivals.”
Alonso made headlines earlier this month when he made it quite clear that he is still targeting the world title, “For over a month now we have been saying that we had to get back to winning at least once before the summer break and finally, we did it. We did not have much luck in some races and, because of unusual incidents, we did not pick up the points we deserved. There was a slight feeling of frustration with this lack of results, but at last in Germany, for once we had a normal race on a weekend when he had no problems whatsoever and the result was there for all to see.”
The Spaniard is adamant that his approach remains the same, “However, the win does not change my approach to the rest of the season. We knew full before Hockenheim that our car was much more competitive and that was what made me so confident. Now we must continue in this direction, starting this coming weekend in Budapest.”
Alonso scored his maiden Grand Prix win in Budapest back in 2003 and thus Hungary is a special place for him, “The Hungaroring is a special circuit for me. It was here in 2003 that I scored my first Formula 1 win and I was on pole here last year. Returning to that 24th August seven years ago, I don’t remember much about the events of the day, because it was so emotional I had the impression that everything happened incredibly quickly: it would be nice to relive that experience this weekend at the wheel of a Ferrari.”
What of the circuit lay out? “The track can almost be described as a go-kart track for Formula 1 cars. The corners follow on, one from the other, so there is nowhere for a driver to pause for breath and it is vital to have a car that deals with the many bumps in the track surface and handles riding the kerbs. From the physical and mental point of view it is a pretty demanding race, so it is important not to get impetuous and overcook things, because any mistake is heavily penalised, especially in qualifying.”
Alonso concludes, “It’s best to stay focussed and concentrate on your own work, trying to put together the perfect weekend, one step at a time. That is what we plan to do, starting on Thursday. I have already said it many times before: there is still a long way to go in the championship and the maths will only be done at the end.”