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Alonso backtracks on defeatist talk

Having sounded defeatist in the aftermath of Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix - a race he is adamant he could have won - Fernando Alonso now insists Ferrari still believes, and is far from ready to throw in the towel in F1 2011
Fernando Alonso has backtracked on his downcast comments in the aftermath of last weekend's Monaco Grand Prix suggesting that the F1 2011 World Championship laurels are now out-of-reach for himself and Ferrari – stressing that 'neither myself nor the team are used to throwing in the towel'.

Defending title-holder Sebastian Vettel has triumphed in five of the opening six grands prix of the 2011 campaign, and in Monte Carlo on Sunday, the Red Bull Racing star arguably lucked into a victory that Alonso clearly reckoned could have been his.

That prompted the Spaniard to lament that 'at the moment, it's not possible to close the gap' – alluding to the 74 points presently separating him from the runaway world championship leader and insinuating that the German already practically has one hand on this season's drivers' crown [see separate story – click here].

Whilst still maintaining that he could have been toasting his third success in the Principality had only Lady Luck chosen to shine upon him instead, Alonso now appears to have changed his tune somewhat with regard to his earlier pessimism, insisting that the fight must – and will – go on.

“We had a real chance of taking our first win of the season, and the interruption following the accident with [Vitaly] Petrov and [Jaime] Alguersuari robbed us of the chance of trying to the very end,” the 29-year-old wrote in his official blog for Ferrari's website.

“In the second part of the race, after the pit-stop, I tried to save the tyres specifically to be prepared for the closing laps, when I hoped I'd be able to make the most of them if Sebastian had any difficulties with his tyres, given he'd been on the same set for many laps. Unfortunately, that plan went out of the window, but you have to accept it, because we know that situations like the one we saw in Monaco happen quite often.

“Immediately after the race, I said the fight for the title was getting ever-more difficult, not to say impossible. Sure, if Vettel ends up winning a race in which we felt there was a chance of victory, then you get a feeling of disappointment, but that does not mean we will not continue working hard at the track and back home on developing the car. Clearly, the gap in the championship is widening all the time. We can do the maths, but neither myself nor the team are used to throwing in the towel.

“Already, I've been talking to the engineers about the new parts we will have in Montreal, but above all, of the steps forward we must take for Silverstone, when we will be back at a track which requires a lot of aerodynamic downforce. That's where we will really see how our season is going to pan out. Up until then, we want to and we must believe in ourselves.”

Those sentiments are shared by Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali and chassis director Pat Fry, both of whom are adamant that all hope is not yet lost and that inner steel and confidence will be key to stemming the Scuderia's disappointing run of form this year.




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26.05.2011- First Practice Session, Pat Fry, Scuderia Ferrari
28.05.2011- Saturday Practice, Stefano Domenicali (ITA), Team Principal
20.05.2011- Press conference, Stefano Domenicali (ITA), Head of the Gestione Sportiva
29.05.2011- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP), Scuderia Ferrari, F-150 Italia 2nd position and Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26 3rd position
29.05.2011- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP), Scuderia Ferrari, F-150 Italia
29.05.2011- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP), Scuderia Ferrari, F-150 Italia 2nd position and Silvia Colombo, wife Stefano Domenicali (ITA), Team Principal
29.05.2011- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP), Scuderia Ferrari, F-150 Italia 2nd position
29.05.2011- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP), Scuderia Ferrari, F-150 Italia
26.05.2011- Second Practice Session, Fernando Alonso (ESP), Scuderia Ferrari, F-150 Italia
26.05.2011- Second Practice Session, Fernando Alonso (ESP), Scuderia Ferrari, F-150 Italia
28.05.2011- Saturday Practice, Fernando Alonso (ESP), Scuderia Ferrari, F-150 Italia
26.05.2011- Second Practice Session, Fernando Alonso (ESP), Scuderia Ferrari, F-150 Italia
26.05.2011- Second Practice Session, Fernando Alonso (ESP), Scuderia Ferrari, F-150 Italia
20.05.2011- Fernando Alonso (ESP), Scuderia Ferrari, F-150 Italia
21.05.2011- Fernando Alonso (ESP), Scuderia Ferrari, F-150 Italia
20.05.2011- Friday Practice 2, Fernando Alonso (ESP), Scuderia Ferrari, F-150 Italia
19.05.2011- Press conference, Fernando Alonso (ESP), Scuderia Ferrari, F-150 Italia
19.05.2011- Fernando Alonso (ESP), Scuderia Ferrari, F-150 Italia

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Racehound - Unregistered

June 02, 2011 7:50 AM

far q and your "slimeball" comment!!!! where the fark do you get off throwing insults at people you dont even know personally? You read all the sh!t about Fernando at McJalopies in 07 and Crashgate et al and that entitles you to label the man a slimeball even though you dont really know ALL the facts! Stick to commenting about what he does behind the wheel and drop the mudslinging bullcrap coz its got a bit lame lately!!! #:)

Equin0x - Unregistered

June 01, 2011 9:12 PM

Eric you're dreaming mate, I'd love to see Hamilton join Redbull next year and get owned, but even when that happens people like you will make excuses, thing is the Mclaren has been quicker than Redbull for the past 2 race weekend apart from Barcelona qualifying yet Vettel shines above Hamilton on all levels, even Alonso done well with his inferior equipment, so the the order is more like Vettel, Alonso, Hamilton.



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