Alonso: “Winning is a great feeling”

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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135 comments on Alonso: “Winning is a great feeling”

  1. Rubez said on 28th July 2010, 8:12

    I do not understand all this talk about Ferrari team orders after the German GP in Hockenheim. In Interlagos 2007 Felipe handed first palce to Kimi who became World Champion thanks to Ferrari team orders. Anybody had anything to say then and that decision had a much bigger effect on the championship. In fact, without that Hamilton would have been world champion in 2007, whereas the events of Hockenheim may have no effect on the WDC.
    You talk trash now only because you hate Alonso. That’s a really mean way to look at Formula 1 and certainly those who make the rules should not follow the advice of fans that fake their resentment only to hit a driver. You just wanted an excuse to hit Alonso. Every top driver wants to win all the time and they do not care for anything else. That is the difference between the a champion and a good driver (like Massa): their will to win. Senna crashed Prost (and Prost did the same to Senna), Schumi crashed Hill, and Hamilton cheated for a “simple” third place in Australia a year ago.
    Some of Massa’s races this year were horrible, why Ferrari should bet on him? They spend million of Euros to win the championship and deserve to decide the way they want (and the same is true for any team in F1). Please, do not tell me that what really matters is to participate.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 28th July 2010, 8:59

      You talk trash now only because you hate Alonso.

      I haven’t said anything about Alonso in this article, I only reported what he said.

      In Interlagos 2007 Felipe handed first palce to Kimi who became World Champion thanks to Ferrari team orders.

      Bit of a different situation when one driver is out of the championship running, as I said here:

      Why the team orders rule must stay

      • Rubez said on 28th July 2010, 11:02

        I was not talking about your article, the comment was referred to other people’s comments, sorry!
        But I cannot see how the Interlagos thing could be considered less bad than what happened in Hockenheim. Team orders are banned because teams should not modify the result of the race… so they can modify the result of the whole championship, instead? It does not mean anything that the one of the drivers was out of contention. By the rules and by the people’s reactions to what happened in the last race, Kimi should have won the race and the championship by his own effort, that is by overtaking Massa. What about if I had bet on Hamilton being world champion in 2007? The real difference is that Alonso is less loved than Kimi (at least the Kimi of 2007!). I do not want to say this is right or wrong but it is clearly the reason. Maybe Alonso deserve this treatment, but what I like to point out is how inconsistent are the fans reactions from one time to the other.

      • harry said on 28th July 2010, 19:14

        The FIA knocked Felipe Massa out of running already in Valencia.

  2. DGR-F1 said on 28th July 2010, 8:22

    So, I imagine in Hungary that all the other teams are just going to stay in the garages all weekend so that Alonso can enjoy another ‘Special’ win?

  3. Hare said on 28th July 2010, 8:43

    News just in: Alonso’s car to have a new upgrade. A flashing blue light so that everyone will pull over when they see him coming through..

  4. edugg said on 28th July 2010, 11:13

    It’s wrong, must be “Whining is a great feeling” of course he does it all the time.

  5. Salty said on 28th July 2010, 20:40

    I sort of hope that this press release is actually from Ferrari central, rather than Fernando himself. Nobody in the center of such a storm could be so insulated as to issue such a statment.

    Alonso IS a great driver. Ferrari has upped their game and deserved the 1-2 finish at Hockenheim. Sunday’s decision BY THE TEAM to move Massa aside is deplorable. You would need the intelligence of a lettuce not to see this.

    The reason we have the team orders rule is Ferrari doing exactly this, swapping the 1-2 position of their drivers in 2002. Does this weekends debarcle enhance F1′s image to the world (and importantly to all involved, it’s value as an advertising opportunity/investment)? NO!

    Luca DiM and Alonso pushing the “We won!” message is really not going to convince young fans that this is a sport worth following. Ergo et sum – aim at foot and squeeze the trigger.

    Alonso is a very good (great) driver. He used to be pretty good at overtaking. Think, if he is going to regain a surely waning fanbase, he needs to do it on the track, not in the pre-race brief or media releases. He’s not Satan, but this PR sure makes him look silly.

    For the record – I’m Brit. Not a Ferrari fan. Not a Nando fan (well, like the chicken). Love our sport.

  6. Talin said on 28th July 2010, 21:24

    My impression of the race in the German Grand Prix is that Ferrari had already thought trough this beforehand (becouse of previous experience with Massa and Alonso), and they had a rule (probably well consented by both riders; in fact they can not oppose it becouse the drivers know it is fair) The rule says that whoever is fastest in the race goes front. No need for dangerous overtakings. This rule also solves many strategical problems teams have with their own drivers like who pits before, fights in the first corner, etc. It makes for a much simpler race and, in fact, much fairer for both raiders and for us the fans.

    ¿Who says, decides, is the fastest driver? Well… this could be the problem sometimes as evidenced by the extrange movements Alonso had to go though to convince the team he was fastest. We, spectators, know more or less that the driver trailing is normally the fastest.

    It remains to be seen what will happen if the situation reverses (it probably will)and Alonso is forced to let Massa overtake him. If we see it, that´s fair… if not we will know there are real team orders against the fastest driver.

    This is my reading of the race and it explains why Massa has not complained much. He knew the rule… and he knew was slower.

    I leave for the bloggers to consider the fairness or not of this rule, but I think goes a long way to solve one of the biggest problem in Formula 1: It is sometimes said that it is a team sport… eventhough, funnily, your more dangerous opponent is your team mate.

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