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Jenson Button won’t work with Fernando Alonso

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

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At least he made that loud and clear.

Jenson Button is adamant there is no weight to the continued rumours that Ferrari are interested in signing him probably after the 2012 F1 season or in the next few years, and even if they were, he wouldn’t partner with Fernando Alonso.

Despite having committed his long-term future to McLaren, rumours persist claiming that Ferrari are keen on Jenson Button replacing Felipe Massa next season. The Brit, though, is adamant there is no truth to the stories and Ferrari have not even spoken to him about it.

“There has always been contact. When I see Stefano (Domenicali) in the paddock we always say ‘hello, how are you?’” he told Italy’s Autosprint magazine. But he knows my situation and I know that I have a contract for next year. I see no reason for this to continue focusing in my direction.”

Pressed as to whether knowing that Ferrari want him makes him ‘proud’, Button responded: “Who said they did? Well I think if you look at this team, McLaren, you see a team that has achieved so much. And if you look at the red team you see the same thing.”

”All Italians are passionate about sports, especially motorsport. But for now (McLaren) is the right place for me. Although as I’ve said… never say never.”

Button highlighted one aspect of joining Ferrari that would deter him from the move, Fernando Alonso, who is undoubtedly the number one driver at the Italian stable. Asked whether he believes Alonso could “divide” the team for…

Fernando Alonso wins 2012 F1 German GP

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

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Yeah, it’s really looking good for Fernando Alonso winning his third career drivers’ championship.

In case you missed it, Fernando Alonso won the last race of the 2012 F1 season, believing that the hard work he put in during qualifying played a major role in his German Grand Prix success.

Double world champion Fernando Alonso proved that he is bit of a rain master as he followed up his pole position at a wet Silverstone a fortnight ago with another P1 in poor conditions at Hockenheim on Saturday.

Although conditions were dry on race day, the double World Champion was able to stay ahead of Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button from McLaren on Sunday to claim his third race victory of the season.

“I don’t really know politics but it is true that the situation is not great in Spain but a Spanish driver in an Italian car, designed by a Greek man is good to win here,” he said. “We enjoy the win. Starting on pole was the key factor because it was difficult to overtake and we were not the fastest but we kept the position.”

Despite controlling the race from the front, Alonso feels it wasn’t quite as easy as it it looked.

“It was tough, definitely. It was not an easy race, maybe…”

Fernando Alonso still focused on 2012 F1 Drivers Title

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

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Fernando Alonso may have lost the battle in Britain but he won the war as he’s still holding onto the lead in the title chase.

Heading into Silverstone, Alonso was the only repeat for the 2012 F1 season and looked set to add a third triumph to his tally before Red Bull’s Mark Webber loomed large.

Having opted to run the soft Pirelli tyres in his final stint, Fernando Alonso had no answer to Mark Webber as the Red Bull racer, on the more durable compound, used his DRS to sweep past him and take the win.

“It was very close today but at the end Mark was much quicker than us and deserved the victory,” Fernando Alonso said. “Now we are fighting for victories in the last three or four grands prix. I hope the fans enjoyed the show today.”

But while he wasn’t able to win the race on Sunday, Alonso still maintained his lead lead in the Drivers’ Championship, although the gap is now down to 13 points between himself and Webber.

“I’m still leading the Championship and that’s the main target for us,” said the Spaniard. “We lost seven points with Mark winning but we gained some more points on the rest of the field.”

Meanwhile, team boss Stefano Domenicali confirmed…

Fernando Alonso confident heading to F1 European GP

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

He has to be or his former teammate, Lewis Hamilton, might run away with that lead for the drivers championship.

Fernando Alonso is confident he doesn’t need to start from pole position to win the European GP this 2012 F1 season but that doesn’t mean he won’t be gunning for a front row start.

However, it seems Fernando Alonso is having some problems lately, In case you didn’t know, the Spaniard had a slow start to his European Grand Prix weekend, finishing seventh on the timesheets in FP2, 0.399s down on pace-setter Sebastian Vettel.

The weather, though, was a lot cooler than what had been forecast with cloud cover blowing in ahead of the morning’s session. That had an impact on the tyres on Friday and with the temperatures expected to rise as the weekend progresses, Fernando Alonso reckons teams will have to adjust to the different handling of their Pirelli tyres.

“Overall, it’s been a positive day, during which we tried various updates on the car: some worked well, others need some modifying and then they might be used at Silverstone,” he said. “Naturally, we also worked a lot on the tyres, which seem to degrade quite significantly here. On this topic, we have to take into account that conditions can change rapidly according to the cloud cover.”

“With the sky completely clear, the track temperature can easily go up by four or five degrees and change the behaviour of the tyres. Now we need to analyse carefully all the data that Felipe and I have gathered and then put together the best combination of set-up and technical solutions for…”

Fernando Alonso looks to win in Monaco

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

The grandest race of the F1 calendar is here.

And as far as Fernando Alonso is concerned, he believes that Ferrari are making slow, but steady progress and have a chance of grabbing a podium finish in Sunday’s Monaco GP, arguably the grandest race of the 2012 F1 season.

The Spaniard, who will start from fifth on the grid ahead of old rival seven-time Champion Michael Schumacher of Mercedes – who clocked the fastest time, but suffered a five-place grid penalty – believes he and team-mate Felipe Massa produced their best qualifying show of the season.

But, he said, given their grid positions, a fight for a place on the podium is likely to be their best goal. “In Italy there’s a saying, “he who goes slowly, goes well and goes far,” right? Well, that’s what we are doing: step by step we are getting closer,” said Fernando Alonso.

“I am happy with this qualifying, the best as a team that we have seen this season. I have had a good feeling all weekend long. Maybe in Q3, we could have shaved a few hundredths off here and there, but I don’t think I’d have moved up any places, given that the driver in front of me is three tenths away.”

“Usually here it falls to the top three on the grid to fight for the win, so I think that our realistic goal is a place on the podium, but we also know that surprises are the order of the day.”

“We saw that again, with Michael on pole: I was very…”

Fernando Alonso still the underdog heading to China

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

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And that is how he sees himself still.

Fernando Alonso insists Ferrari are unlikely to make significant gains on other teams during this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix in the 2012 F1 season. Although the Italian squad are on a high following the Spaniard’s brilliant win at the weather-affected Malaysian GP, Alonso knows that they are unlikely to move ahead of the likes of Red Bull and McLaren.

Double World Champion Fernando Alonso believes they will need to “exploit every possibility” if they are to have a good weekend in Shanghai. “I’m not expecting any surprises in this race, compared to what we saw in Australia and Malaysia,” wrote in his blog on the official Ferrari website.

“It’s true almost three weeks have gone by, but that does not mean there was enough time to completely turn the car around in such a short time: we will have a few small updates, but nothing particularly significant and on top of that, we can expect that the other teams will also bring some new parts.”

“Therefore, we won’t change our approach to this grand prix: to get a good result, we will need to concentrate on ourselves, trying to be perfect and to exploit every possibility that might come our way over the weekend.”

Alonso, whose win in Sepang has helped him to jump to the top…

Jenson Button is not afraid of Fernando Alonso

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

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Looks like Fernando Alonso is back in the title picture.

In case you didn’t know, Fernando Alonso came up with a surprise win during the second grand prix of the 2012 F1 season. Yes, Ferrari finally got one but as far as Jenson Button is concerned, he’s not worried at all.

Jenson Button has all but written off Fernando Alonso’s title challenge, saying his deficit to the Ferrari driver is “not the worry.” Fernando Alonso claimed a surprise victory ahead of Sergio Perez in Sunday’s Malaysian GP as the wet conditions detracted from the Ferrari F2012′s weak points.

His win put Fernando Alonso at the top of the Drivers’ standings, five points ahead of Lewis Hamilton and a further five in front of Jenson Button. However, the McLaren driver, who finished outside the points in Sepang after colliding with an HRT, reckons it’s the man in second and the off-the-pace Red Bulls who are his biggest threat and not Alonso.

“Even after such a bad race – and that’s hopefully my bad race for the year gone – I’m still only 10 points off the lead, and that’s Alonso in a Ferrari. That’s not the worry,” Button said.

“I’m also only five points behind Lewis, who is the guy in a competitive car, so (it’s) still not bad considering the day I had. Lewis is definitely my main rival, and you have to say the Red Bulls as well.”

“Those are the guys I still think are the main ones at this point…”

Ferrari is not ready for the F1 season – Fernando Alonso

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Oh no he didn’t just said that.

Fernando Alonso reckons Ferrari still have a lot of work to do before the opener of the 2012 F1 season in Melbourne, saying they are only “20 percent” there with their new F2012.

Ferrari’s first pre-season test got off to a subdued start with the Italian stable failing to match the lap times set by Red Bull, McLaren and even Lotus. Yes, even Lotus. Thankfully, that changed on the final day when Fernando Alonso clocked a 1:18.877 to finish Friday’s running at the very top of the timesheets and second overall, his time only slower than Romain Grosjean’s from Day three.

“It is still early and there is much work still to do to understand the many changes to the car compared to last season,” Fernando Alonso told Spanish daily AS. “We are maybe at 20 percent of what we need to know but in the next test we will try to achieve the rest.”

The one aspect, though, where Alonso is confident Ferrari have improved and have a great understand is with regard to the Pirelli tyres. Last season the Italian stable struggled in qualifying as they were not able to get heat into the rubber, especially with the harder compounds.

This year Alonso reckons Ferrari, who hired Bridgestone’s former F1 chief Hirohide Hamashim early in January…

Fernando Alonso is determined to win the Singapore GP

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

And probably to stop Sebastian Vettel from clinching the title there.

Sebastian Vettel is on the verge of winning the title for the second straight year this 2011 F1 season. But a podium finish for Fernando Alonso in Singapore means Vettel can’t be crowned world champion yet this weekend.

Sure, Sebastian Vettel got the title in the bag but the fact of the matter is, Alonso likes Singapore and he’ll be damned before Vettel celebrates with the 2011 world title on one of his favorite tracks.

112 points separate Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso which pretty much means there is absolutely no hope for Alonso to overtake Vettel and steal the world championship away from the Red Bull driver.

But if Alonso achieves at least a top three finish, Vettel can’t claim that second straight championship just yet. It doesn’t even matter if Vettel winds up winning the 2011 F1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix as long as Alonso is up there at the podium with him.

Yeah, if you’re a fan of Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso must really be irritating the shit out of you right about now.

”Our aim, when we arrive in Singapore, will be to win…”

Briatore will bend over buck naked for Fernando Alonso

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

He probably will, despite the fact that Alonso walked away from his Renault camp, TWICE.

Yes, it seems Alonso’s misfortunes this 2011 F1 season hasn’t deter Briatore from loving that Spanish ass. And yes, Alonso did walk away from him twice; first when McLaren took him away and then again when he switched to Ferrari just a few months after Alonso made his return to Renault for an encore.

You have to wonder where Briatore gets all that love for Fernando Alonso still. Hell, he even proclaimed the guy as one of Formula One’s greatest drivers. Oh, as if that wasn’t enough, he also said that his boy is better than seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher. How about that.

In his capacity as Renault team boss, Briatore oversaw both of Alonso’s World title victories and the Italian has since worked as the driver’s manager. Given his knowledge of the Spaniard, Briatore is of the opinion that Alonso is one of the sport’s ”few great drivers.”

”Alonso is a special person not only because he is a great driver but because he is a normal guy, very modest, very sincere,” Renault team boss Flavio Briatore said.

”He is one of the few great drivers along with Senna, Prost and Schumacher…”



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