Fernando Alonso Q&A: KERS could put Renault on podium 10 Sep 2009
Was he really the beneficiary of an alleged pre-organised crash at last years Singapore Grand Prix? Perplexed by the FIA investigation, Renaults Fernando Alonso insists he will not be wasting any time thinking about the matter. All his concentration is focused on this weekends Monza race - and if KERS works as expected a podium could be within reach
Q: Most of the drivers love Monza, and the speed of the track. What is your impression?
Fernando Alonso: Its one of the best places to race, and the fastest track in the world. It is like in Spa, Monza is something different. With its super high speed and more than 340km/h it is something special in Formula One. This track for me is the only one in the world that remains with its super high speed.
Q: Has the Singapore investigation surprised you?
FA: Yes, of course I'm very surprised. I cannot imagine this situation, and as far as I am concerned I will not waste any time thinking of this. I will concentrate on this race, and the upcoming races. I will not make any comments about this, as the team decided to wait until the hearings. For me it's not even the time to think about this matter or pay attention to this, because for me it's very difficult to understand this entire situation and this investigation.
Q: Did this situation have an effect on the teams mindset?
FA: There has been no effect at all. Everyone is concentrating on the upcoming race here in Monza, and the races further ahead. We are here in a racing situation, and we have missed some opportunities in Hungary, and also in Valencia and Spa, where our car was very competitive. Here in Monza it is time now to finish the race and score some good points.
Q: What is your position regarding team principal Flavio Briatore in this situation?
FA: Flavio has been always a nice boss to me. He's a friend and he's also the boss. He has supported my career since the times when I was racing for Minardi. I personally think that Flavio is one of the good people in Formula One and he will always have my full support in these matters.
Q: Your team has KERS for this race. What benefits will it bring to your race and qualifying?
FA: I cannot tell you what the benefit could be in lap times, but for sure for the start it will be a big support, as the (run to the) first corner is quite long. Also it will be a very good test for the upcoming races, and we hope to maximize the performance of the KERS in our car.
Q: Do you think with this and the competitiveness of the car you will be able to score a podium finish?
FA: It is always our goal to be able to finish on the podium. Like in Hungary we have missed this chance, even though we were very quick and had the pace. The same for Valencia. So hopefully if the car is quick and KERS works well we are able to achieve what we have missed.
Q: Santander will be a major Ferrari sponsor for next year. Does this imply anything for your personal future?
FA: There was a press conference today on this very topic. So please, forward this question to them.