10 September 2010
Alonso: If I win 2010 title, it will be because I deserve it
A strong performance in the Italian Grand Prix could well be pivotal to Alonso's hopes – or rather, a bad showing like his ultimately point-less outing in the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps a fortnight ago might just finish them off. Whilst conceding that his first appearance in scarlet in front of the adoring tifosi at Monza is likely to be an emotional one, the 23-time race-winner admits that his and his team's chances to claw back ground on Red Bull Racing rivals Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel and McLaren-Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button are beginning to run out.
“It's a normal grand prix for us,” he stated. “Obviously in the team or in the garage, when you are with the mechanics or engineers there is a very good atmosphere here. Some of them bring family to the grandstands or some friends. They really want to do well here, because of being in Italy, so for sure I think inside the team it's a special grand prix and hopefully we can do well to make everybody happy.
“I think we should be competitive here. Spa didn't get us what we expected; the performance was not as good as we wanted obviously, so we've made some changes, we've made some analysis of what happened at Spa and I think we've understood some of the problems and we are arriving here with a better package suited to Monza. I think we've been aggressive in more-or-less every race in the last part of the championship. [Since] halfway through the season we've been attacking the races and trying to be on the podium with a more aggressive approach, and here will be the same.
“Before Spa, we were holding a very small difference [to the championship leader], a small gap and then after one race the gap did increase – but this can change very quickly, race-by-race. As we have seen this year with the new points system, it can change really quickly. Normally in the championship we have seen two, maximum three guys fighting in the past. This year, with five or six guys at the front, you can really easily be first or sixth or seventh; you can lose a win, many points, if you do [badly].
“Our aim is to do six races at the top level, the best we can, and then we will see what we can do at the end. Obviously the less races to the end of the championship, the more problems you have if you have a bad weekend, so maybe not the last but one of our last chances to really recover some good points will come here or in Singapore.
“There are still six races to go and I am still confident that if we are on the podium for all six and we win some of them, we can very possibly be a contender in the last race. We are still more-or-less calm about our chances but, knowing that Monza is important, Singapore as well, another DNF or another problem in a race will maybe be our last chance or our 'bye-bye' to the championship.”
Tagged as: FIA , Ferrari , 2010 , World Motor Sport Council , WMSC , Fernando Alonso , Felipe Massa , Scuderia , title , World Championship , Monza , German Grand Prix , Hockenheim , Italian Grand Prix , team orders
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