Perfect car, perfect start, perfect strategy, perfect pit stops – Fernando Alonso hails Ferrari after Abu Dhab
Ferrari made a couple of changes to their car for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and by the looks of it they worked. Fernando Alonso managed to keep Sebastian Vettel at bay to acquire second-place and cut down his lead on top of the Championship table to 10-points.
Ferrari’s updates included new turning vanes, revised front wings and new rear diffuser. Fernando Alonso praised his team for the support they had provided him with all year round and hoped he could achieve good results as reward for all of them.
The Spaniard led the Championship for most of the Formula One season, until Sebastian Vettel won four successive races to overthrow from the top of the table. Sebastian Vettel, who is gunning for his third successive Formula One Championship title, made a superb comeback in the second half of the season.
Fernando Alonso hasn’t been able to grab wins this season, but he has been a regular on the podium. With just two races remaining in the season, United States and Brazil, Fernando Alonso needs to win at least one race to grab a healthy lead over Sebastian Vettel.
The 2005 and 2006 Championship winner, Fernando Alonso could have won the race at Yas Marina, but his efforts and extreme pace were a little too late.
“Well, I think we just saw on the board eight laps to go, there was no more concerns about the tires because obviously doing one stop you never know how the tires will finish the race, and also after the last safety car we saw Sebastian [Vettel] with the soft and the first three of us, we were with the prime, so we didn’t know how much a threat was Sebastian [Vettel] for fight until the last lap,” Fernando Alonso said.
“So after they lost a little bit of time, Jenson [Button] and Sebastian [Vettel], and we didn’t care anymore about the tires, I push 150 per cent for eight laps and I tried to catch Kimi [Raikkonen] but it was never enough to be within one second for the DRS to be even closer. So at the end we didn’t have the pace to win but fantastic race anyway.”
Fernando Alonso praised his team and support staff for creating a “perfect car” to record good results at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Fernando Alonso believes Ferrari’s good pace will give him an edge in the upcoming races.
“We didn’t have the pace this weekend in any practice, in qualifying seventh and ninth and then today we were fighting for a victory - surprising again. This is thanks to a perfect car for the race, a perfect start, perfect strategy, perfect pit stops so everything perfect Sunday for us, maximizing what we have in hands,” Fernando Alonso said.