Alonso doubts he can repeat Monza victory
9 September, 2011
Sep.9 (PVM) Last year Fernando Alonso scored a famous victory at Monza for Ferrari which prompted a frenzy of celebrations, but this year the Spaniard is playing down the chances of success but remains committed to scoring a good result for the Scuderia’s legions of tifosi which he describes as unique.
Alonso said after the first practice day of the Italian Grand Prix weekend, “Honestly, I think we lack a bit of performance compared to the best, even if there are still the same unknowns relating to Fridays, especially those linked to fuel loads. However, we have to be realistic: the car is more or less the one we had in Spa, apart from specific updates to cope with the fact this track requires low aerodynamic downforce.”
The Spaniard admitted, “Racing at Monza is always exciting, especially if you are a Ferrari driver. The warmth of the fans is amazing and you can feel it. However, from a technical point of view, today was just a Friday like any other: we worked a lot on comparing different aerodynamic solutions as well as on evaluating different set-up choices on the car. Now we must put everything together and try and make the right choices.”
“Sure, it would be nice to repeat last year’s performance, but we know that will be very difficult. You can’t create a miracle in two weeks, but we will do our utmost to give the fans something to cheer about,” said the double world champion who currently lies third in the world championship standings, although he trails Sebastian Vettel by 102 points.
Nevertheless Alonso vows to carry on fighting, “What is my motivation like for this final part of the season? I am a very competitive person and I don’t like losing. It’s true, this year that’s happened quite often, but there are still targets that are within our grasp, for example, second place in the Drivers’ championship: Webber is not that far ahead.”