F1 » 6 September 2012
Alonso targets good race, but admits it won't be easy
Fernando Alonso: Monza is special for any Ferrari driver, because you want to give something back for all the support you get from the tifosi from Thursday through to Sunday. The best would be to get a win...
Ferrari number one driver Fernando Alonso has warned the tifosi that it won't be easy for the Scuderia this weekend in Italy - although he has promised that the team will do everything in its power to get on the podium.
Alonso saw his lead in the Drivers' Championship slashed from 40 points to 24 after he got caught up in the carnage at the first corner at Spa-Francorchamps last Sunday. Despite that accident though, which saw Romain Grosjean's Lotus sail across his Ferrari just inches away from his head, the Spaniard added that he is in tip-top shape for the 13th round in the F1 2012 World Championship.
“After the race there was some whiplash and a couple of hours later, I still had some pain in my back, but I woke up on Monday morning feeling fine, one hundred percent. That was good news, because often the day after the crash, you don't know what to expect,” Alonso commented.
“This weekend, however, won't be easy, as we have not been so quick in the last few races, being eight tenths off pole in both Hungary and Spa. That was only five days ago, so we won't recover eight tenths by magic!
“We will need to maximise our performance, getting everything out of the car and hopefully that will give us the chance to get on the podium.
“Monza is special for any Ferrari driver, because you want to give something back for all the support you get from the tifosi from Thursday through to Sunday. The best would be to get a win. We will try and have a good race and see how many points we can get.”
Asked if the crash will adversely affect his challenge this weekend, Alonso confirmed it shouldn't be too much of an issue: “I am not worried and we have fitted parts [to the car] we had used three or four races ago and for Monza, the aero package is any case unique as it is different to any other track. So it was always planned to change the car almost completely for this race.”
As for the championship, and if podiums will be enough to give him his third title, Alonso said it is too soon to say.
“I don't know if I can win the title without winning any more races. At the moment, McLaren is very strong and if they were to win three or four consecutive races, then your gap disappears. So we need to focus all the time on who is second in the championship: today it's [Sebastian] Vettel, so this weekend we try to finish in front of Vettel, as we tried to do with [Mark] Webber in past races.
"We just need to make progress over the remaining three months, making good steps forward and I am sure and confident they will arrive sooner or later,” concluded the Spaniard.
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