F1 » 7 May 2010
Alonso: We need to maximise potential
Although the past couple of seasons with Renault were comparatively barren for the Spaniard, his home grand prix has been kind to Alonso over the years, with a win and four podium visits in front of his passionate Asturian fans.
"It has been a great race for me in terms of emotions, and in terms of results as well," he conceded, "I have been quite lucky always to be in a good position, and have been lucky always with Renault to have a competitive car here. With McLaren, [there was] also one podium, so hopefully I can be on the podium again for another colour. My best memory was 2006 when I won the race because it was the only win that I've had at home. Hopefully, this year, either here or in Valencia, I will dream of victory again."
"I remember that 70 per cent of the grandstand was foreign people coming from the centre of Europe, mostly Germans, so it was not a completely Spanish Grand Prix, but now it's very different. I think the country gets involved in this week, so you can watch any channel on TV and see how the preparations are coming on and the previews, every night, every afternoon on TV, in newspapers.
"There are very few people in Spain now who don't know that the Spanish Grand Prix is this weekend. People are talking about F1, about tyres, about strategies, about all these things and this is very, very different - and I think it's increasing every year. This is a very nice feeling.
"Emotions are always very unique and very different every year, even if you try to remember what emotion I had last year when I was going out in FP1. It's difficult to maybe compare to this year, because every year there seem to be more and more emotional laps - the first laps on Friday and also quite intense laps on Sunday as well, when either you start or you finish the race and you see all the people enjoying the show.
"These are very, very important days for me and I try to enjoy them as much as I can, because I know that I'm in a privileged position, with all the supporters here that maybe I won't experience in the rest of the championship. Maybe Monza will also be special this year for me, [but] I expect a lot of red in the grandstands [in Spain]. However, the majority will be blue because there is always a good percentage of the grandstand that comes from my region, from Asturias, and I'm sure they will come with their blue flags and blue colours, plus the new Ferrari T-shirt that is blue which will hopefully help all these new people buying blue Ferrari shirts."
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