Alonso: Real excitement is not in the simulator, its out on track in a real car in front of fans

31 January, 2014

Fernando Alonso at Jerez

Fernando Alonso at Jerez

After a two month break Fernando Alonso relished being back on track in a real Formula 1 car, in front of enthusiastic fans as opposed to sitting in the virtual world of a simulator.

Speaking on the third day of testing at Jerez, his first day in the cockpit of the new Ferrari F14T, Alonso said, “It’s always exciting driving a Formula 1 car again. It doesn’t matter how fast you go, as long as you’re on the limit.”

“Ten years ago here in Jerez, maybe we were going ten seconds quicker than today, but the enjoyment is the same. In fact, if I went out on track now in my Alfa Romeo Giulietta, I’d have as much fun, just as I did when I was a kid and as I do now, if I get into a kart, which is much slower than the speeds you reach in a Formula 1 car.”

Fernando Alonso in the cockpit of the Ferrari F14T

Fernando Alonso in the cockpit of the Ferrari F14T

“It’s not enough driving on the simulator to get some feelings, you need to be out on track in a real car in front of the fans who have come just to support you: that’s real excitement,” mused Spain’s double World Champion.

Speaking about the all new Formula 1 V6 turbo rules and the changes to this year’s cars, Alonso reckoned, “There’s not much difference. A lot has been said about this, but the fact is that when it comes to what a driver has to do, not much has changed. Of course, now there are many more parameters to manage, for example the battery has to be charged, but we are used to that.”

Testing on track is at a premium, thus the importance of every lap completed at Jerez, and next month in Bahrain, is vital.

Fernando Alonso drives the Ferrari F14T on day three at Jerez

Fernando Alonso drives the Ferrari F14T on day three at Jerez

Alonso explained, “Every lap we do is important, with every lap you learn something and discover problems and opportunities. The aim is to do a lot here, and especially in the next two tests in Bahrain.”

As for the Maranello’s latest offering with which he and new teammate Kimi Raikkonen are expected to bring glory back to the Italian outfit, Alonso said, “The F14T seems to have a good potential, but there’s a lot to do.”

“The others? We have so much to do in our pit that there’s absolutely no time to think about what they are doing. From here to Melbourne, we must just concentrate on ourselves,” declared Alonso who will be in action for the reds on the final day [Friday] at Jerez. (GP247)

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  • sarahsdadjeff

    Man is truthful, no ?

  • fools

    Alonso for the 2014 WDC

    :)

  • o’ferrari

    I’d be happy punting a 1963 volkswagen kombi around jerez!

  • Hugo

    No kidding, Fernando.

    In other news, the sky is blue. Seriously…

  • haha

    O ferrari, nice choice :)

  • LOL

    Stoner has a kimi shrine next to his computer in his mothers basement. Hey stoner, congratulations! You are the first one to start comparing times to compare drivers when it is fully known that they are not pushing, and they are trying out multiple settings. Wait… Why did I even respond to you? Your credibility was destroyed a while ago, and your mindless post just reinforces that.

  • Matthew

    Alonso please dont put your alfa romeo on the track… Enough cars have broken down already!

  • the fan

    oh yeah, Alonso haters in full force!

  • Nowhereman

    Thank you LOL I couldn’t of said it better.
    Stoner is a classic troll at this site.
    It’s best to just give him a yawn, then go on to things more intelligent.

  • TACHELES

    Alonso: “There’s not much difference”.

    Is he kidding, joking or beating around the bush?

  • Matthew

    @TACHELES

    He just meant the drivers don’t have to do much more then other seasons, which is true. He didn’t mean the teams, just the drivers.

  • fools

    Overrated with 2WDC. hahahaha…Voted best driver 2012.
    Over Millions of fans across the globe yet this fagget named stoner is on the crack pipe too. Oh, and has came in 2nd after the RB dominance. Which was Newey more so then Vettel. Which was barely won in 2010 and 2012…but trolls gotta speak always yet they dont like Alonso…but first to comment hate.

    ALONSO FOR THE 2014 WDC.

    :)

  • fools

    @TACHLESS

    Kimi said the same thing…Were you saying that on also on his comments? Troll!

  • torque

    Fern…”It doesn’t matter how fast you go, as long as you’re on the limit”.

    I don’t see the drivers being on the limit very often this year..

    Fern…”Ten years ago here in Jerez, maybe we were going ten seconds quicker than today, but the enjoyment is the same”

    It may be the same for you Fern but it won’t be the same for us the fans..

    Fern…“It’s not enough driving on the simulator to get some feelings, you need to be out on track in a real car in front of the fans who have come just to support you: that’s real excitement,” “There’s not much difference. “A lot has been said about this, but the fact is that when it comes to what a driver has to do, not much has changed”.

    I predict the fan base will be lower this year, and I personally don’t care about what the driver has to do, it may not have changed much for the drivers but the fan’s will notice the difference.

    I hope for a decent season of racing but won’t be surprised if 2014 is a dud.

  • stoner (original)

    SOME DOUCHE IS PURPOSELY USING MY HANDLE EVEN AFTER CHANGING TO THIS. YES I DID POST THE TIMINGS BUT WHAT THAT IS POSTED ABOVE IS NOT FROM ME. THIS HAS BEEN HAPPENING FOR ALMOST 2 MONTHS.
    HOPE SOMEDAY THE ADMINS ADD PROPER USER IDENTIFICATION.

  • o’ferrari

    C’mon Stoner, Really? You’ve been playing this pro-kimi tune a lot longer than two months.

    We debated kimi vs alonso many months ago. You were pro kimi and rubbished everything alonso did.

    We debated and I even accepted some of ur arguments.

    The pro kimi/anti alonso quotes seem a lot like u. Maybe ur just getting upset when people disagree and trying to backpedal.

    If u love kimi, more power to you. Stick to ur guns and don’t back down. I was a mad clark fan, then Stewart, then prost, then schumacher. Never hurts to be a fan.

    Don’t back down from your views. That’s what makes debate interesting.

  • stoner (original)

    YES I AM A KIMI FAN NO DOUBTS AS I WAS FOR THE PAST 10+ YEARS, AND IT IS NOT GOING TO CHANGE NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS.
    I DON’T LIKE ALONSO TO A GREATER EXTEND(i have my reasons for it)
    BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN I KEEP WRITING HATE COMMENTS WITHOUT ANY SENSE. THE 1ST COMMENT POSTED USING MY HANDLE IS NOT ME.
    SOME M*THERF*CKER IS POSTING HERE ON PURPOSE TO DRAW AS MANY HATEFUL REACTIONS AGAINST ME.
    I HAVE SEEN THIS SAME SH*THEAD USING MY HANDLE IN OTHER POSTS AND I HAVE REPLIED THERE IN MOST PLACE WHEREVER I CAN SEE.
    THIS MOTHERF*CKER IS OUT OF ANSWERS AND COULD NOT REACT TO MY PREVIOUS COMMENTS IN MY EARLIER POSTS, SO HE DECIDED TO USE MY HANDLE AND POST SH*T.
    THIS TURD NEEDS TO GET LAID BY HIS SISTER.

  • stoner (original)

    ” This is unequivocal proof that kimi is faster. Probably the fastest driver to ever set foot in an F1 car. Kimi is a former world champion, remember? ”

    I would never say this in the first place , i comment things based on facts that has happen on track for the past many years.

    anyone reading this comment knows that this kid is a retard posting sh*t purposefully to draw attention against me.

  • stoner (original)

    “You’ve been playing this pro-kimi tune a lot longer than two months”

    i am and will always do that only based on facts.
    I have always been pro Kimi on this site for more that 2 years not 2 months.
    2 months i said was this douche posting using my handle

  • stoner (original)

    i have also sent a mail to the admins of this site , waiting for a response

  • Stoner

    I have reported the imposter to the admin, with all proofs, he will be taken care off. :D

  • o’ferrari

    Soooooooo…. which one are u? Stoner? stoner? Or stoner (original).

    Loved ur comment about vettel being a fan of the wang.

  • o’ferrari

    The real stoner can spell. I’m picking u as the imposter!

  • Stoner

    Haha, nice.
    Thanks to admins for the user login system.
    THIS IS THE ‘REAL’ “Stoner”

    :-D

  • Stoner

    O Ferrari,
    both were myself, i changed back to ‘stoner’ from ‘stoner (original)’ after this sites administrator replied to my complaint.

  • Stoner

    BTW GUYS
    THE COMMENTS MADE BY THE IMPOSTER USING MY HANDLE HAD BEEN REMOVED BY THE ADMINS OF THIS SITE.
    :-D
    LOOK UP AND SEE FOR YOURSELF.

    FAKE SAMURAI FANBOY’S.. I KNOW THE IMPOSTER IS ONE OF THEM. :-D :-p

  • Matthew

    Stoner chill out. Go get stoned, you dont need to keep ranting and posting in all caps. If indeed there was an imposter, then now that hes gone maybe we’ll start seeing some intelligent posts by you. To be honest, your off to a bad start. Kind of like kimi during races…. KIDDING!!! (im sorry, I just couldn’t resist that pun. I tried)

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