Alonso: Extremely satisfying, a feeling you really have given your all
21 July, 2012
Jul.21 (GP247) It was the kind of performance that will be remembered for years to come, Fernando Alonso wrestling with the Ferrari F2012 on a slick as ice surface during qualifying for the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, them popping two astounding laps one after the other to claim pole position by close to half a second. Priceless!
Needless to say the Spaniard was smiling from ear to ear as he savoured his second pole posoition in the space of two weeks, “I am very happy! When qualifying is run in these conditions, it’s very difficult to put together a clean lap and it’s very easy to end up in the grass, the gravel or in the wall! It’s something of a fight for survival: before anything else, you have to get to the end and then look at where you’ve finished. Then, when you hear on the radio that you’ve got pole, it is extremely satisfying, because there’s a feeling you really have given your all.”
Saturday belonged to Alonso, as in the morning FP3 session he was fastest in dry conditions, and the world championship points leader, with two wins to his credit so far this season, is confident that in the once sluggish F2012 he has a car that is strong in all conditions, “The car was going well in all conditions, which is encouraging, as it means that we can be in the fight whatever happens, be it dry or wet.”
It was a busy session, where a mistake or error of judgement could be costly as several of the big hitters found out as they trudged off for am early shower.
Alonso described his session, “In Q2, we went out immediately, hoping to do a time on the first lap, because we knew the rain would intensify. At the end, we fitted the Extremes, because we at least wanted to have a rough idea of what the conditions would probably be like in Q3.”
“The last part of qualifying was very problematic because there was aquaplaning, to such an extent that we did not use the KERS and you couldn’t use seventh gear on the straight. Managing to take pole in such extreme conditions is really gratifying!” said the two time world champion who is targeting his 30th grand prix victory in on race day.
He added, “I expect that the strategies will be not be too different among the top teams, but with a good degree of flexibility. Looking at the championship, clearly I can’t be unhappy about the fact that two strong competitors like Hamilton and Webber start on the fourth row, but we know how quickly things can change. The start will be important, but not decisive, as we have 67 laps to get through…”
“A Spaniard on pole in Germany in an Italian car? I don’t mean to be political, but it’s definitely a curious set of circumstances!” mused Alonso.
Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali was delighted with his driver, “Once again, Fernando has demonstrated just how talented he is: that was some qualifying from our driver!”
Technical director Pat Fry said, “Once again, Fernando had a fantastic qualifying, getting the most out of the car or maybe even a bit more than that!”