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'Third time just as emotional' says Alonso of home win

Fernando Alonso has won three Grand Prix races in his home country in his F1 career, and he says that the feeling never gets any less special.
There's nothing like a home win for a sportsman, as the roar that greeted Fernando Alonso's victory at the end of the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona proved emphatically to all present to hear it.

And the race winner was quick to thank his fans in Spain for all their support, which had helped him clinch a third home win in F1 - a second Spanish Grand Prix to add to a first in 2006 and a European Grand Prix victory in Valencia last year.

"Even if this is the third time I've won a home race, the emotion is still very strong, as if it had never happened before," said the 31-year-old two-time world champion.

"It's nice to be able to give the whole of Spain this win, especially at a time when the country is in crisis and for many people it's not possible to come here to bring their support," he added.

Alonso had no complaints about the way that the day had done: "After a far from easy qualifying, everything went perfectly, the start, the strategy, pit stops, tyre management," he said.

"At the start, I had to make up some places but after passing the halfway point on the straight, there was no more room to do so," he continued. "I switched off the KERS, so as to use it in Turn 3, where I realised, after watching the GP2 race, that it was possible to attack around the outside.

There had been one scare during the race, through, when he'd been forced to pit unexpectedly early for his final set of tyres.

"We had to bring forward the final stop because of a slow puncture which meant the left rear tyre was losing pressure in the final part of the lap, but fortunately, that had no effect on the final outcome."

Fortunate indeed: if the tyre had deflated or blown at the wrong moment then it could have cost him the win and been a severe setback in his championship hopes. Instead, Alonso has moved up to third position in the driver standings ahead of Lewis Hamilton and is now just 17 points off Sebastian Vettel, as things tighten up at the start of the European phase of the season.





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12.05.2013-Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F138 race winner and Stefano Domenicali (ITA), Team Principal
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12.05.2013-Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F138 race winner
12.05.2013-Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F138 race winner
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14T
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14T
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14T
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14T
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14T
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14T
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14T
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14T
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14T
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14T
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14T
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14T
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14T

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jim crint - Unregistered

May 13, 2013 9:32 AM

The only truly worthy and memorable thing about yesterdays race was Alonso's performance. Stunning first lap, just awesome race pace, given these stupid Pirellis, and a mature and controlled drive to the flag. When he went to Ferrari, after all the toys-out-the-pram antics at McLaren, and two sulky years at Renault, I didn't have much time for Fernando, but he's earned my respect, both off and on the track. What can one say but - hats off!

Bravo Fernando Bravo Ferrari Well done for the win and congrautlations for Alonso for making it 4th in the all time wins list with 30 A dominant performance by Ferrari in Spain and its a pitty Massa got a pernalty or else he would have been fighting for 2nd. Mercedes GP need to look into their cars because points are given on sundays and locking the front row then going backwards is not good at all. Both the driver's and constructor's championship become tightier and i cant wait for Monaco. Oh yea, whats the deal with Mclaren trying to slow Perez down with just 2 laps to go with a time difference of less than 1.5 seconds between him and Button? Its evident that were protecting Button because what damage would pushing do in 2 laps? Woohoo Go Alonso



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