Alonso: Vettel best driver with best package
22 September, 2011
Sep.22 (Ferrari) In what is now a familiar routine, based on the past three years, Fernando Alonso met the media at the Marina Bay circuit in the “F1 morning” which means late afternoon on the clock.
It didn’t take long for the to press point out to Fernando that if or when Sebastian Vettel takes the title this year, he will replace the Spaniard as the youngest ever driver to win two world championship crowns.
“He is driving fantastically at the moment,” said Alonso of the German. “This year he makes no mistakes or very few mistakes, where last year we had a few more chances. In general, he has been the best driver with the best package and they deserve where they are.”
The Spaniard explained that it was this unusual time-table that added to the appeal of the Singapore GP.
Alonso told the assembled media, “I like all street circuits in general. I like Monaco and Singapore and I think this race is very unique race, not only because it’s a night race with a different view from the cockpit. It also changes the routine. At other races, we practice 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock and Saturday 2 o’clock for qualifying then we do the meetings, the autograph sessions, the Paddock Club, the Parade lap. There is a routine you do every two weeks everywhere in the world, except Singapore where you change that routine: you go to sleep very late, you wake up at lunchtime and then you race at night. This changes a bit the approach, as in Singapore, there’s more adrenaline, it’s a wonderful race.”
With the championship now almost mathematically out of reach, the Ferrari man explained his approach to this weekend and the remaining rounds. “It is the same in all sports; you cannot win every race or match you play,” he said. Obviously, we are very competitive people, all drivers, all mechanics and teams in general. We all want to win. It is something we are not happy with Our performance this year is not something we are happy with, winning just one grand prix so far. Our approach is that we try to attack, we try to be aggressive, in strategies and at the starts and try to win races. We know we cannot fight for the General Classification, we cannot fight for the “Tour de France” but we want to win individual “stages,” we want to win individual races.”
As for this weekend, the man from Oviedo reckoned it was possibly one of the best remaining opportunities for a good result for the Prancing Horse. “The characteristics of the circuit are quite similar to Monaco and we were quite competitive there. We have the soft and supersoft tyres and normally this is the combination that we like most, so it should be a good weekend for us, but the victory is never easy or is never close enough when we are fighting with Red Bull and McLaren. It’s going to be tough, but hopefully closer than at some other places. The physical side is very demanding at this circuit. In Monaco we do 70 or 80 kilometres less than here where you do the full 300 kilometres.”