Fernando Alonso ingratiated himself further with the tifosi
by winning first time out for Ferrari at the F1 2010 Italian Grand Prix today and at the finish he dedicated his triumph to all of the Scuderia's fans.
Alonso, who had taken pole position at Monza on Saturday, went one better today, even though he slipped down to second at the start, when he was passed by Jenson Button.
Although he was unable to find a way past the Englishman, he stuck to him like glue and he then got the jump on the McLaren at the pit stops, emerging just in front to take P1 and eventually come home 2.9 seconds ahead.
Speaking at the finish, Alonso was delighted to give the Maranello-based outfit its first home win since 2006.
"Winning at Monza at the wheel of a Ferrari is something special, which can only stand comparison to when I won in front of my home crowd in Barcelona in 2006," Alonso said. "Being on the podium was an incredible feeling: what a sea of people, so many flags!
"I was stunned by the emotion from the fans, right from the first moment they got here on Thursday. I wish to dedicate this victory to them and to the passion that characterises all Ferrari fans."
The result puts Alonso right back in the thick of the fight for the 2010 drivers' title and he now moves up to third, just 21 points – or less than one race win – off Mark Webber, who is the new leader ahead of the final five events.
Despite winning though, Alonso knows they will need to maintain this form now if he is to take his third crown: "We have updates coming for Singapore, but it will not be easy to continue to improve, because we also need to start thinking about 2011," he explained.
"We have to stay focussed and do our best. We cannot allow ourselves the slightest mistake, because we are still behind, but we have definitely taken a good step forward today."