Abu Dhabi GP – Alonso: Ferrari to fight until the very end
By Berthold Bouman
Fernando Alonso is still confident his Ferrari team will fight to end, he said ahead of this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. “I think we believe and we trust in the team and the job we do, we have shown that we never give up and know how to fight until the end. When things become stressful and difficult, we can still give 100% and the team has a lot of experience fighting for World Championships,” said Alonso, who is currently second in the Drivers’ Championship, 13 points adrift of leader Sebastian Vettel.
According to the Spaniard Ferrari is very well-prepared for this weekend’s race, “We have tried to prepare for this race better than ever. We have some new parts that we will be checking tomorrow.” But he admitted it will be difficult to strike back, “We don’t think we will close the gap to Red Bull completely, with only five days between India and Abu Dhabi. There is no magic part in Formula One but we are trying to put them under pressure after they had four very easy races.”
Ferrari’s last three races must therefore be perfect as Alonso said, “We want to be close enough to them to capitalise on anything they do not do perfectly, while we need to be perfect for these next three race weekends.”
Mechanical failures are always lurking around the corner, not just for Ferrari but also for Red Bull, as Mark Webber demonstrated during the Indian Grand Prix, the Australian lost his KERS power and could not keep his second position and lost it to Alonso. “We need to push them and be on the limit, because if it had been Vettel who had the problem, no one would have noticed because he was ten seconds in front,” Alonso said.
But the title can also be lost by a bad race strategy, something that happened to Ferrari in 2010 on the Yas Marina track, Alonso lost the title to Vettel as he got stuck behind slower cars. But Alonso doesn’t think history will repeat itself this weekend. “Thanks to KERS and DRS we should not have a repeat of the situation in 2010 that lost me the title when I was stuck for too long behind another car. In the last two years we have seen that these elements have produced exciting racing with plenty of overtaking,” he confidently said.
And last but not least, Alonso denied he and Ferrari Technical Director Pat Fry had an argument after the Indian Grand Prix. “A nice invention from someone in the Italian media. It was quite creative to be honest! Now or later, I will speak to him to see how he invented this. We know and it’s a fact that we are slower than Red Bull: we all agree, me the team, our fans, everyone knows. We are very united in our efforts to fix this situation!”