26 September 2010
Alonso: We are not frightened anymore!
Fernando Alonso: We wanted to confirm our success in Monza at a completely different type of track and we succeeded at the end of a very hard and extremely stressful race, both for me and for the car, on a track that I like a lot and which is well suited to my driving style.
Ferrari number one driver Fernando Alonso took a 'very significant' victory on Sunday when he won the Singapore Grand Prix.
Alonso, who started from pole, led pretty much throughout and while he was shadowed all the way by Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel, he did enough to take 'gold' and the maximum 25 points.
The result moves the Spaniard up to second place in the championship and he will now go into the final four grand's prix just eleven points off the leader, Mark Webber.
"This win is very significant,” Alonso said. “We wanted to confirm our success in Monza at a completely different type of track and we succeeded at the end of a very hard and extremely stressful race, both for me and for the car, on a track that I like a lot and which is well suited to my driving style.
“After the earlier gift - the Easter surprise, as I called it - of getting pole yesterday, today it was important first and foremost to make a good start: that is what happened, even if Vettel might have been slightly quicker away than me, but here the run to the first corner is not so long and so I was able to close the door and keep the lead.
“On the soft tyres, we were going very well, but on the hards, the Red Bull seemed to be quicker than us. The pit stop went off perfectly, both in terms of strategy and in the way it was done in pit lane.
“In the second part of the race, I tried to avoid taking any sort of risk, especially when getting past the backmarkers at the same time as the yellow flags were out.
“There are four races to go now and the championship is very open. In Spa, Sebastian, Jenson and I came away empty handed, then in Monza it was Hamilton's turn: the dance towards the title sees the contenders see-sawing up and down, although Mark is still holding on to a slight lead.
“We must stay calm and concentrate on our own job, without thinking about what the others are doing: what is certain is that we will leave nothing to chance, fighting right to the very end.
“The F10 has improved a lot thanks to the work of all our engineers in Maranello and here at the track, and I am happy for that because now we can be on the pace at every type of circuit. We are not considered favourites for the races that lie ahead of us, but none of them are anything to be frightened about," Alonso concluded.
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