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Alonso: Catalunya the key moment

Fernando Alonso says the Spanish Grand Prix was the turning point for Ferrari in the F1 title race

Fernando Alonso insists that the Spanish Grand Prix back in May was the race where Ferrari finally came good with its F2012, with the upgrade introduced at Catalunya having been the catalyst for the Spaniard establishing himself as a championship contender.

Although he managed to win in Malaysia, albeit helped by poor weather, Alonso and Ferrari were on the back foot through the early stages of the season as the team struggled to come to terms with the design of the new car.

The start of the European season in Barcelona however signalled a big improvement for the team with Alonso only finishing off the podium once since his home race and he admitted that it had been something of a turning point for his championship challenge.

“We did improve the car a lot,” he replied when asked how much the team had improved since pre-season testing at Jerez. “I don't know how much, or I cannot quantify it in terms of lap time because it will be difficult. I think between two and three seconds maybe but obviously it's a number that cannot be very precise.

“I think the biggest improvement that we introduced was in Barcelona; the biggest updates were mainly the aerodynamics of the car – but we knew that in the first three or four races, when we were in China, Bahrain, the car was not doing what we were expecting. And when we arrived in Barcelona, everything became a little bit more normal for us and from that point, all the updates it was fine-tuning. But the Barcelona one was to make everything back to work.”

Alonso extended his lead with victory in Germany last weekend – his third success of the year – and has now become the favourite to secure the championship title for the third time during the second half of the year and he admitted that another title to his name was something he was keen to achieve.

“I think we need to wait and see when we have real possibilities of fighting for this championship,” he said. “At the moment, as we said, we are happy with the points achieved in the first half but we need to keep working hard, we need to keep consistency and we need to keep doing good results. This can change very quickly, in two or three races and then we talk about very different things.

“When I finished Brazil in 2006, it was a dream for me to (even think to) win three World Championships in my career. If it's this year, in two years' time or in six years' time, I don't know but the third one will be very important for me. To have the same as Ayrton had - three World Championships - he was idol or my reference when I was in go-karts and some big names, as you said, Lauda etc so three is a pretty good number which I always dream of, and hopefully arrive sooner rather than later.”



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jmd - Unregistered

July 27, 2012 2:07 PM

This is getting quite funny. When MS won in the vastly superior ferrari everyone was saying how great he was. Even when his teammate was second, miles ahead of everyone else. I wont deny Ferrari have done a good job, but replace Alonso with anyone else on the grid and the lead read car would be 5th or 6th at best in the standings. Its an ok car, not the quickest.

TheTruth - Unregistered

July 27, 2012 1:34 PM

The car was really bad at the start of the year. What we all saw concerning performance thus far this season was Alonso. He is not bashing the car...he tells things like they are. Even if he does not get the championship this year, his performance is remarkable. I do not think that any other current driver could have done what he did this year with that car.The team has solved a lot of issues and they are still improving it. If you watch the German GP you will understand that he won it more because of his talent rather than equipment.



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