Alonso: “Winning is a great feeling”

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso brushed off criticism of his German Grand Prix win calling it a “great feeling” to win again.

Alonso said:

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. 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.
Fernando Alonso

He added he was not thinking about the championship yet and concentrating on winning again at the Hungaroring this weekend:

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. […]

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.
Fernando Alonso

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  1. Sure Alonso “All wins are special”. This is another one to remember (coming close to Singapore 2008 in how special it was). Sure Ferrari won deservedly and all by themselves for the first time this year (Renault also won for the first time in a long while in 2008), but a large part of the fans would have preferred if your team had not switched the actual winners around.

    I am sure that if Felipe had won like that with Alonso second, it would have given a great boost to Ferrari confidence and drive to push on as well. And they would have great publicity for a wonderfull fightback story and resisting the urge to do what they did on Sunday.

    1. Yeah but Santander wouldn’t have been quite so happy.

      1. The man who said in 2006 I don’t consider F-1 a sport anymore…

        For sure Emilio Botin(Santander president) want to his driver wins the GP

        1. Santander doesn’t have much to sell in Spain. Santander is spreading on Brasil so I don’t think Emilio Botin was very happy on what happend sunday. Nobody is happy with that.

      2. he did get a ‘nice’ santander trophy anyway.
        Shows him :)

    2. Well, at least it now confirms for us that he was very much involved in Singapore 08.

      When he claimed that one as a ‘real victory’, anyone vaguely inclined to give the benefit of the doubt would say ‘there is no way anyone would have the balls, the nerve, the arrogance, to claim that one if they knew it was dodgy’.

      Well, with this latest Ferrari PR turd in our drink, seems no victory is too hollow, ‘manipulated’ or bent for Alonso to try and claim. It’s all a question of character…

      “For what shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and suffer the loss of his soul?”

      Enjoy your asterisk.

      1. “Well, at least it now confirms for us that he was very much involved in Singapore 08.”

        i think that’s going a bit far.

        1. José Baudaier
          28th July 2010, 3:26

          And I thought that everybody knew that, but most were afraid to say.

      2. It doesn’t have much sense.

        1. Victories are very special when they belong to you, only you and no one but you just because you think you are the best…

          have been a Ferrari fan for ages… but don’t want to see Alonso win this year… the team “for sure” but not the driver, I’d rather Massa, and more deserving are WEbber, Button, Hami, Vettel… in that order

  2. Charles Carroll
    27th July 2010, 17:59


    “All wins handed to me are special. I’m a special guy. I deserve it. In fact, I really should have the championship handed to me…perhaps while I am playing on my playstation while soaking with my hot wife in a bath of gold coins.”

    What a champion.

    1. Haha, for a second I thought he’d actually said that! Had to go back and check

      1. Charles Carroll
        27th July 2010, 18:36

        Yeah, I embellished the gold coin part.

        I meant diamonds and elephant tusks.

    2. sounds fine to me!! ;)

    3. Sidney Vianna
      28th July 2010, 17:17

      Alonso is the most expensive driver ever. Not for what he gets paid, but because what his teams are mandated to pay the FIA, such as the $100M fine McLaren was handed a few years ago, due to Alonso “wikileaks”. It seems that he learned well from Schummy on how be a champion with bad character. Despicable.

      Really unfortunate, because, in terms of driving skills, Alonso and Hamilton are head and shoulders above the rest. They are the fastest drivers in F1 currently. But Alonso is showing his true character now. Ferrari has made their decision when they signed Alonso. He is the focus of their effort. After “flirting” with Kubica and Webber, Ferrari re-signed Massa with a clear understanding that the paulista will be to Alonso what Barrichello was for Schummy.
      So, to all the fans out there, outraged, with Ferrari team orders, get a grip. Know that ethics in F1 is a subjective and flimsy concept.

  3. Killing my team-mate & winning the race is ‘even a better feeling’

  4. yet another example of “how not to behave” as a driver

  5. winner? more like a loser if you ask me.

  6. He is what I call “euro-trash” I would rather have respect than wins. Sportsmanship is a lost cause with that pile of rubbish. The world would be better off without him.

    1. what a pile of cr.., do you know him personally? If you want to be respect you obviously don’t know much about this sport, the greatest Ayrton Senna, was ruthless. These guys only care about theirselves. They are very selfish individuals with an only drive to win at all cost. Everyone know that Michael is 7 times WC but no one talks now about what he did to Damon Hill in the last race of 1994.

      1. er… actually people do talk about many of Schumacher’s antics, and in some people’s eyes his 7 WCs are a little tainted.

        There’s difference between ruthlessness and gamesmanship.

        Senna was ruthless.
        Schumacher was both ruthless and played gamesmanship to a new level.
        Alonso is just a gamesman.

  7. Hands up if your respect for both Fernando Alonso and the Ferrari PR department has just sank even lower…

    1. Charles Carroll
      27th July 2010, 18:37

      True. They do have “enormous attachments” as David Hobbes says.

      And of course a lot of this is sour grapes, but they’re not really doing much to assuage those feelings.

    2. Sorry but there’s no point reading anything into this, it’s just the party line. I’ve ignored what Ferrari drivers say in official press statements for years since its clear the drivers have little or no imput in whats written. If it reads lke Pravda its probably Pravda.

      1. and as dan says below all it does on days like this is make the drivers look stupid

    3. Hands high up in the sky here Ned

    4. Hands up high Ned! It’s rather sad.

    5. My hands are staying down. That’s because my respect for them can’t go any lower.

  8. Charles Carroll
    27th July 2010, 18:14

    Then again, he is a far better driver than I.

    And apparently, a much better politician as well.

  9. After the reaction to what happened in Germany I would have thought it best just to keep quiet rather than come out with statements such as this, even if this is how he genuinely feels.

  10. Why does Alonso think he is entitled to a victory that he didnt earn?

    How can he brush off all the criticism like this?

    Alonso claiming that this “win” at Hockenheim, and his “win” at singapore 08, were fair and just results really makes his personal concept of sportsmanship plain for all to see.

    These kind of self-centered remarks trivialize the enormous efforts that other drivers expend in order to win races, and raise a big, fat, obnoxious middle finger to F1 fans the world over.

    1. Like Niki Lauda said, “he has no character”.

  11. THIS kind of arrogance and disregard to public outrage concerning the events last sunday by ferrari plus ALONSO NOW seems to indicate that formula one is loosing touch with the fans
    SOMETHING must be done…AND ANY SPONSERS with ferrari must now be aware that they are backing a brand that “cheats” the public at all costs.

  12. Alonso ‘knows’ he’s the best driver and anything that gets in the way of him finishing first is an aberration. Conversely anything that helps him finish first is part of the natural course of events. Even Nelson Piquet’s timely crash. It just doesn’t matter to him. The illusion is water tight whether it matches reality or not.

    1. It doesn’t help that last week the other drivers all voted him the best current driver. That’s just gonna go to his already big head.

      1. I’ve got to say I was quite surprised by the result of that poll. Makes me wonder if they’re all taunting him.

        1. You must wonder if you have any idea of Formula 1. I think that if drivers say he is the best it’s because he is and he is a good person or at least honest. If he was hated by all drivers nobody will vote him.

          I think you are wrong about Fernando and that heis paying in Ferrari and in Renault the mistakes of the team. I’m sure he didn’t want the victory lyke so.

          And please, stop hypocrisy about respect of the rules. Try to “save fuel” about it please.

          1. I am going to pretend that you are saying stupid things on purpose…

          2. Mike, you can pretend what you want. It’s what I think. I think it with the heart, not with the head, but most if things said here are thought with the feet.

      2. They did? where can I see that poll?!
        What a load of rubbish. He wasn’t even the best on the grid in his championship winning years. In 05 Kimi was better but let down by McLaren reliability. In 06 Schumi was better, let down by the engine failure in China. There are several drivers I would have voted ahead of him!

  13. Wasn’t this on their Ferrari blog page? Massa completely ignored what happened too. I’m not saying it’s right because it isn’t but the teams being looked at by the WMSC and they’re sure as hell not going to risk shooting themselves in the foot…again.

    Alonso cynically should be feeling pretty smug. He’s got his teammate right where he wants him and he never felt Felipe was a threat this year anyway, the team behind him and is on the way to getting his title challenge on track. I doubt he’ll be satisified with the circumstances but he wants to win more than anything which means he’s probably lost even more fans but will be happy counting his titles when he retires.

    1. Agreed – you don’t get into a position of dominance within a team unless you have the raw speed necessary to back it up. It’s something a lot of people tend to forget about Schumacher, and on a lesser scale Senna and Prost. It’s certainly not the most popular way to go about doing things but, if done correctly, can be hugely effective.

      1. Raw speed is certainly part of it, but I imagine the very lucrative deal with Santander plays an equally large role in securing Alonso’s stranglehold on the team.

    2. Guilherme Teixeira
      27th July 2010, 21:09

      but he wants to win more than anything which means he’s probably lost even more fans but will be happy counting his titles when he retires.


      …is just the reason for this outrage against him. I’d rather be runner-up 4 times (like Moss) then win this title with the world against me. If he can sleep at night thinking like this, then ok, good for him, but he better not think of him as a “sportsman”.

  14. I understand the need for Ferrari to stick to their version of events and play everything down, but this is poor and the answer is simple: Don’t release interviews like this. It’s making everything look worse.

    1. Agree. Everytime they say anything it’s just making it worse. first they hide behind Felipe, the Montzemolo says it’s alright because it’s always happened and calls everyone hypocrites and now there’s the offical team line and everything’s fine. Please Ferrari stop digging your own hole.

  15. Winning? Did he mean whining????
    (first post there, congrats to Mr Collantine, and all posters!)

  16. Oh I tell you, I love the idea of a driver of his skill mixed with such a team, but this level of a childish arrogance is just so dissapointing. With all those silly aspects of f1, to remain humanly is to me really, the thing that is most important. Look at this brother, I feel as he really fails at that.

  17. Charles Carroll
    27th July 2010, 18:57

    To his credit, he did ask if Felipe managed to finish second during his victory lap. I’ll give him that.

    1. As a bit of an afterthought. I kind of understood it as “hey did that other guy manage to keep from crashing or anything?”

    2. To his credit ? I found it patronising, Felipe should have won.

      1. Charles Carroll
        27th July 2010, 19:41

        Oh don’t get me wrong. I was cheering for Felipe too. All I wanted to see was a clean race between Alonso, Massa, and Vettel, and I was just as disappointed as anyone with the outcome.

        I’m just saying that at the very least, Alonso asked about Felipe, which leads me to believe that he may have felt uncomfortable with the entire turn of events. I give him credit for that.

        Most of my ire with the event lies with Ferrari’s team bosses and not with the drivers. While I’m sure Alonso appreciates being on the receiving end of this favor, I would hazard a guess (or hope) that he would not have minded actually racing someone for a change too.

        The man is skilled. I would hope that he still likes a challenge.

        1. I have to respectfully disagree with you here, Charles. Alsonso’s question about Massa after the race definitely seemed a little patronizing to me, and he certainly didnt look uncomfortable standing up there on the top spot of the podium, or while waving to the crowd on his victory lap.

          Also I think he definitely would have minded having to actually race against Massa; in fact we KNOW he didnt want to race him fair and square, judging by his incessant complaining to the team over the radio before Massa was ordered to stand down. Based on well-known past history, one could make a strong argument that Alonso really doesnt like a fair fight at all. I know and understand that Alonso fans (although Im not necessarily saying you are one)want to think the best of his intentions, especially when he’s being cast in such a negative light, but his attitude seems pretty indefensible to me.

          1. Charles Carroll
            28th July 2010, 4:44

            I have to say, Hallard, that your reply was so incredibly respectful, that I’m not sure I can even disagree with you anymore!

            Who said there aren’t any decent people on the internet anymore? Thank you for your reply!

          2. At the time i thought it was more about Alonso asking what happend to Felipe to be sure about what had actually happend with being let past.

            Up to that moment he could not have been sure, weather it was a car problem or the team order that got him in front.

          3. It’s incredible how many meanings can you get from “it’s ridiculous”.

            Anyway, I’ve got a docen more of them.

            My favorite one is that the team was telling him to pass Massa and he said that because you cannot pass a similar car if the one in front doesn’t want. Ridiculous was to do the same thing Vettel and Webber did. Crash. After saying that alonso left space to Massa. He tried to pass Massa in Australia and he couldn’t. Expecially when everybody knows that Alonso is happy with 2nd places and regularity.

            If you want to undertand that he was increasingly asking the team for Massa to let him pass… well, that’s your fiction novel. I’ve got mine.

    3. Yeah, because that is important for the team! … and the rest was just pretending not to know what had transpired, asking “what happened, a gear selection problem?”.

      I was feeling a bit bad about Alonso too after Barcelona, where he said that 2nd was so much better if it was unexpectedly handed to you last minute because a competitor (Hamilton) had a problem. Not the best way to show sportsmanship, but does show a winners mentality.

    4. I know Alonso probably almost certainly would have known what was going on but just say he didn’t (they hopefully weren’t thick enough to talk openly on the radio) seeing Felipe suddenly slow could have been an issue so maybe he was genuinely concerned…I like to look on the good side. :)

      1. No way to comment or see the good side.

        We are attending to the public lynching of a driver.

  18. MouseNightshirt
    27th July 2010, 19:11


    That’s really the only word that I can think of in response to this statement.

    This man needs to look up the meaning of the word “deportividad” in his dictionary.

  19. No one ever gave up…

    Fernando Alonso


    Wait, didn’t Felipe Massa give up?

    1. Yes, Massa gave up, but Alonso is the evil.
      Piquet gave up, crashed his car by his own, but Alonso is the evil.
      FIA works bad, but if he complains, Alonso is the evil.
      Now we are paying for unfair FIA ways to aply rules, but Alonso is the evil.
      Alonso is pressed to the wall, but if he does it to anyone else, then he is the evil.

      As IDR said: “We are attending to the public lynching of a driver.”

    2. ” No one ever gave up…

      Fernando Alonso


      Wait, didn’t Felipe Massa give up?”

      lol damn, that is classic

  20. Is this guy for real ? How many of his wins has he actually deserved ? To me most of them have been very hollow victories. He spent 2005/06 winning in a car with illegal suspension, but a blind eye was turned because it was better for the sport because the powers that be knew that the entire world was sick of Schumacher winning. Fact. He kicked screamed cried and spat his dummy to win on Sunday, and he was part of an engineered victory in Singapore 08. I was about to say his cleanest wins came at McLaren, but even then he tainted that with his major part in the spying scandal, McLaren don`t need to copy Ferrari to win. His behaviour and the damage done to McLaren was shocking, but I am glad he naused it up for himself and ended up back at Renault, minus the trick suspension. I know they are all aggressive competitive people, but this man is one ridiculous human being, and I for one hope he never ever wins a third title. Never thought I would say this but I would rather see Schu get his eighth.

    1. Well, the suspention was only declared illegal late in the season for political reasons, and the reasoning was a bit of a stretch of the rules too, in fairness we can’t hold that against him.

      1. eh, suspension, sorry.

    2. Alonso may not be the most likeable driver, but to imply that he doesn’t deserve the sucess he has is a bit ignorant.

      And by the way, if you can provide evidence to show that Alonso was in on the crashgate, then I would love to see it.

      1. So, probably, would the FIA, for that matter….

        But never mind. He has been convicted in the court of public opinion and that’s all that matters.

        1. @Red Andy. There are a lot of Alonso haters that have been waiting for the time to explode . But that doesn’t deny the fact that other teams, and drivers, have disguised this very act, and gotten away with it. Over the past decade, McLaren, BMW Sauber, Renault, Red Bull have all influenced the performance & results of their drivers. It is a fact!

          From the Ferrari team’s perspective – The constructor’s title seems a distant dream , and the WDC is still an uphill batle.

          You have a quicker, more aggressive, and consistent driver with a chance of winning the WDC. On the other hand, you have a driver who is loyal, inconsistent, and not performing to his expected level right now. Which driver’s chances would you want to maximise??? (ALO-98PTS & MAS-67PTS)

          At the end of the year people are going to remember a team and driver by the WDC and WCC.

          Alonso could have pushed harder, and attempted to overtake his teammate. OR, Ferrari could have realised, that they should avoid the risking of their driver’s pace and machinery. and maximise their potential for at least the WDC.

          It sucks for us fans, that Ferrari did not disguise the act well enough as their rivals do.

    3. That suspension was perfectly legal until the Ferrari International Assistance deemed it to be illegal to give Ferrari a shot at winning the title.

      A bit like them suddenly declaring Michelin tyres illegal in the latter part of the year 2005.

      1. There was nothing wrong with the suspension. Whatever got banned was inside the nose cone of the car. Simply put, flexing sheet spring with a mass attached to it.

      2. You mean in 03, the Michelins being declared illegal in 03, robbing Kimi and Montoya a chance at that years title.

    4. You’re goint to get sick of see him winning, so be prepared.

      When FIA got sick of see him winning (I think it has already happen) then things will happen like unfair descission on 2 last GP.

      The scandal is not that a team manipulate results, the real scandal is that FIA, who has to be unbiased, is who manipulated the last 2 GPs.

      If you cannot see the difference…

      1. Yes there may be some unfair Alonso bashing going on Raul, but to claim the FIA manipulated the two previous races is ridiculous. There is no with hunt, no conspiracy against Alonso. Just an unfortunate incident which provides us all of more concrete evidence that despite being a fast driver, he truly is not the driver we all wish him to be. A double World Champion should be honorable, an ambassador for the sport, and Alonso no matter what you think of him is not doing a very good job of that lately.

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