Alonso: Not a perfect start but I believe we can fight for the championship

Fernando Alonso arrives in the Sepang paddock

Fernando Alonso arrives in the Sepang paddock

A small room in the temporary Ferrari offices at the back of the Sepang paddock is where Fernando Alonso began his official duties ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend, the second round of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship.

After dismissing thoughts of a repeat of the 2012 race here, where the Spaniard drove brilliantly from ninth on the grid to win, with the words, “that’s something you only see once in life,” the topic turned to the new F1.

“I think we need to give more time to see how the races are and how the show is and how the people react to this new Formula 1,” began the Ferrari man.

“There was a lot of talk before the Australian race about how exciting this new Formula 1 would be and how many cars will finish, maybe zero! When 15 cars finish and there are not many problems and not many overtakings, that was not what the fans expected.

Fernando Alonso during the Australian GP weekend

Fernando Alonso during the Australian GP weekend

“In our case, we need to see how the next races go in terms of our own performance to learn how we can quickly develop the car to be in better shape. In Australia we were not happy with the performance we showed and we need to improve as quickly as possible.”

If these comments had a negative tinge to them, Alonso was quick to emphasise the positives.

“I believe we can fight for the championship,” he assured the media. “We have more potential than we showed in Australia. We need to put everything in place and then we will have a better weekend. The team has the facilities and the talent to do a very good job.

We can be strong and we will do better, I’m sure. It’s not been a perfect start. It seems like a repetition of the last couple of years, but these are different rules and a different rate of development applies. Our hopes are perfectly intact.” (GP247-Ferrari)

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  • Spartacus

    And what if you miss out on the Championship like you did in 2010 & 2012 again?

    Will you finally act like a REAL SAMURAI?

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    samurai burger

  • Alonsofan

    At least he’s the only one who’s always fighting for the championship with the leader. Name another driver who’s doing that?

  • Alonsofan

    You’re always full of hate comments. Grow up

  • Spartacus

    Don’t get me wrong here. I’m also an Alonso fan and I recognize the fact that he is one of the best drivers out there now.

    BUT, he hasn’t provided the kind of results I expected from him. Also, along the past few years, he has been over quoting “samurai” related things; some rathere irrelivant.

    Kimi won a Championship for Ferrari in his first year there.
    Hamilton did it in his second year at McLaren.
    Even Jacques Villeneuve did it for Williams in his second year.

    Which year is it now for Alonso at Ferrari?

    Results matter most. Results. It has been too much talk and too little result lately.

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  • Nowhereman

    Kimi won with a totally different formula car. One in which they had a lot more downforce and more motor.
    Still, he barely won and I believe it could of been Massa’s with just one little piece of luck.
    This new formula is in my opinion a joke and the teams are coming to grips with it as best as they can.
    Ferrari is down on HP and only a blind man can’t see that.
    They will turn it up some when they feel the reliability is there.

  • fools

    Alonso will do just fine. 1 race and the car had no top speed. The F14 T seems to take corners much better too. All he needs for his car is to be faster. Don’t blame Alonso.
    He cannot make the car faster his engineers have too. He honestly did quite well to hold his position and bring in some points.

  • fools

    Come on…it’s inspiration/motivation for him… If you didnt know he has a Samurai tattoo behind his neck. It’s not like hes trying to make a movie. He is the only driver thus far to challenge for the WDC the last 4 years.

  • Amos James

    To be fair, the guys you listed had the best equipment. Ferrari has been producing reliable tractors for the last four years and redbull have been the class of the field.

    But yeah, the samurai thing is really lame. It reeks of NASCAR. Shake and bake, baby!

  • Spartacus

    Even fools know he has a samurai tattoo on his back. Doesn’t mean he needs to be quoting samurai related things all the time.
    We don’t see the super arrogant Hamilton making Jesus quotes just because he has a christian-related tattoos.
    Tell you what, if you think it. Is inspiration/ motivation for him, why not just tattoo the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY on his face?

  • Alonsofan

    Cmon Spartacus. Don’t be so naive and ignorant. You very well know that he hasn’t been getting the equipment he’s supposed to be getting from Ferrari. It’s not his fault at all. He’s been getting results that the car he is driving isn’t supposed to. And trust me, if you had put any other driver on the grid in the car he’s has been driving these years, they would be nowhere near where he placed. It is absolutely and ridiculously unfair to doubt him. I’m sorry but you’re being really really unreasonable. If anybody is to blame, it’s Ferrari, LDM and Domenicali. They are doing a terrible job. And to echo Amos’ comment, the drivers you mentioned had much better cars if not the best. Very unfair to compare. And the Samurai thing, cmon man let it go. Every person is entitled to do whatever they like in their personal lives. For him it automatically becomes not so personal because he’s a celebrity and the media follows him around wherever he goes. The media picks it up from him and keeps posting. What he does with his personal life and his passion for the Samurai is nobody’s concern. I think we should all be a little mature here.

  • Tamburello1994

    Well said Spartacus. No intellectual dishonesty in that comment whatsoever.