Alonso: I’m so proud and happy to fight until the last lap with what we have

Fernando Alonso on the podium after the Brazilian GP

Fernando Alonso on the podium after the Brazilian GP

Nov.26 (Reuters) Fernando Alonso failed to win a third Formula One Championship on Sunday but the Ferrari driver, who fought to the bitter end in with what many would say was inferior equipment, still rated his 2012 season as the best of his career.

Fernando Alonso battles with Felipe Massa, Mark Webber, Paul di Resta and Kamui KobayashiThe two titles he won with Renault in Brazil in 2005 and 2006 seemed to fill him with less pride than the defeat to Red Bull‘s Sebastian Vettel because he felt he was battling against the odds this time.

Two years ago in Abu Dhabi, he had lost out to Vettel after taking a 15 point lead into the final race. At Interlagos on Sunday, he almost clawed back the 13 he needed to overhaul the German.

“Here [it] is completely the opposite,” he told reporters after finishing the final race of the season in second place, after starting seventh. “I’m so proud and I’m so happy to fight until the last lap with the package [which] we have in our hands.

“That is the best thing for me, to feel proud of myself. It was by far the best season of my career and I will remember this 2012 like some dream season,” added the 31-year-old.

“Obviously we didn’t achieve the points to win the title but I won so many things this year: So much respect from everybody.”

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari celebrates in parc ferme. Formula One World Championship, Rd20 Brazilian Grand Prix, Race, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 25 November 2012.Alonso won three races in 2012 but finished on the podium 13 times in 20 races despite starting the season with a car that looked way off the pace.

He also failed to finish two races, in Belgium and Japan, through no fault of his own after being dumped out in collisions with the Lotuses of Frenchman Romain Grosjean and Finland’s Kimi Raikkonen.

The Spaniard has been acclaimed throughout the paddock as the driver of the season, wringing the maximum out of a Ferrari that on paper should not have been getting on the podium after qualifying so far behind rivals.

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo agreed that his driver’s performance had been ‘simply fantastic’ while team principal Stefano Domenicali said Alonso “like never before, really deserved to win this time.

“He has been extraordinary, not just in the way he has driven, nor because he simply never gave up in the first very difficult part of the season, but mainly for the human qualities he demonstrated within the team,” he said.

“Fernando ended where he did, having effectively only taken part in 18 of the 20 races: the few hundred metres he covered in Spa and then Suzuka lay heavy like rocks on today’s outcome.”

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  • Joe Kinnear

    The best thing about Fernando is he drives like there’s no tomorrow. Give him a crap car and still he can make something out of it. And Felipe is the opposite. Next year mate.

  • nihar madkaiker

    He should be proud about what he did…. he finished every race in the points except the two where he was taken out by some manic lotus driving…. next year we should fight from the start take every race as it were the last race and may be we could come to brazil (probably….) next year with both Felipe and Feranando fighting for the championship. (considering that Massa has shown great form in the second half of this season…) looks like it will be a long winter break…

  • jl

    blah blah blah blah …. whatever you said just speak up!!
    Vettel Champion on BULL, while Alonso always make BULL sh*t and his fans eat that sh*t.
    It’s a real pleasure to see Fernando disapointed face on podium.
    Winner take all, Winner who laugh the last, and longer!

  • vx-2

    No wonder Ferrari insists on having 3 cars per team and customer paid cars…. so that, they can demand them to open up their gearboxes =P Sorry, try again ‘harder’ next year.

  • lol

    yeah poor nando, he only could do so far with what he had. He HAD THE SECOND BEST CAR! give it up already! Ferrari are 2nd in the WCC and Massa out qualified him in the last 3 races where it mattered most. He lost it through his OWN fault and not the car’s or the team’s.

  • hillside

    so choked now?? the team or the driver??

  • fapper

    fernando really deserved this year’s title. even though his f2012 wasn’t the best car on the grid, he made the most out of it by consistently finishing on the podium or hauling points. if it wasn’t for the incident in belgium & japan, alonso could’ve won the title.

  • Butterfly

    Yeah, people, but being world champion doesn’t mean you’re the best on the grid, it just means you got the most points.

    Adrian Newey said it himself. He said an average driver in the best car could win the title, but the absolute best driver in a slow car can’t.

    I guess that sums it up, really.

    Anyway, Schumacher had 7 titles and yet half the grid is better than him. Vettel has 3 titles, but the big three (ALO, HAM, RAI) have 2, 1, 1.

    All Ferrari have to do is fix the problems on this year’s car, and then they’ll show RBR “how it’s done”.

  • Speedo

    Yes, I am proud of Alonso too although I am not a Alonso/Ferrari fan. It is a pity that the Ferrari was unable to compete with the Red Bull and the McLaren. But he single handedly wrung the neck of the under-performing car to bring in the points and the wins and beat the McLarens to come 2nd in the WCC. He deserves the WDC. But Vettel by virtue of having scored more points is the WDC.

  • Butterfly


    It was Alonso’s best performance ever, this season. He really earned respect, as he said.

    When I saw the sidepods on the F2012 at launch I thought “WTF”. I really did.

  • Abood

    Alonso is a truly gifted and great racer..
    But I am really annoyed by this constant whining about his car..
    His car was not bad but rather very good and easily on par with the top others as Massa has repeatedly proven once he regained his true form.
    Honestly, I think Massa would easily be the number one driver in the team next year if he is allowed to race freely.

  • jl

    @all alonso lovers.
    Proud,… proud to loose. Bwahahahahaha. That doesn’t change that vettel is WDC 2012.

  • jl

    @ll alonso fans.
    Look at your idol face on the picture.
    Bwahahahahahaha,… long laugh for that face.

  • alonso_is_slow


    Absolutelz agree Massa should be Nr 1 next year. He delivers more and whines less.

  • Butterfly

    In 2009 when he signed on the dotted line to join Ferrari he was probably expecting championship-winning cars, not ice-cream vans.

    I saw a shopped picture yesterday with Ferrari and Red Bull side by side. The Ferrari was the F2012, while the Red Bull was a speedboat. It was raining.

    Quite funny.

  • Addy

    For all “Finger Boy” fans……enjoy

    Forza Ferrari

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  • jl

    Alonso expression face up there is enjoyable enough to see. Pure expression, we hope we can see that again next year.