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Fernando Alonso Q&A: Vettel due some bad luck 06 Jun 2013

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari.
Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Preparations, Montreal, Canada, Thursday, 6 June 2013 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F138 crashes out of the race.
Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Race, Sepang, Malaysia, Sunday, 24 March 2013 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari.
Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Preparations, Montreal, Canada, Thursday, 6 June 2013 Disaster for Fernando Alonso as he pits for a second time on Lap 9 with the DRS flap stuck-open on his Ferrari's rear wing (L to R): Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1, race winner Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari, Stefano Domenicali (ITA) Ferrari General Director and Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari celebrate on the podium.
Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Race Day, Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, 12 May 2013 Race winner Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari celebrates in parc ferme.
Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Chinese Grand Prix, Race Day, Shanghai, China, Sunday, 14 April 2013

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso has scored two wins and another podium already this season, yet lies only third in the driver standings, 29 points behind leader Sebastian Vettel. Alonso, however, believes that while he has already had his fair share of misfortune, Vettel’s is perhaps yet to come - and when it does, the Spaniard will be there ready to take advantage…

Q: How important is it for you and Ferrari to score some points here in Canada, after three quite difficult races in the past six?
Fernando Alonso:
We already hoped to get some more consistent points after we had fixed the problems that occurred in Bahrain, so it was a bit disappointing to not score that many points in Monaco. So we do need four or even five consecutive races where we finish on the podium, or at least close to the podium, to recover the points that we had failed to score in the races before and that are now missing from our balance. But of course this is something that is not in our control, as all races are unique. And we are looking at another tricky one ahead with the changing weather conditions, especially in wet conditions. Look at qualifying from Monaco when it started raining and for example Paul di Resta dropped out in Q1 having had good pace all weekend long. To sum it up, if you are not in the last lap of any qualifying when the circuit is a little bit quicker, and you have a yellow flag or make a mistake yourself then you are out. So we will put in maximum concentration to do well here, and also in Silverstone, Germany and Hungary. So all of these Thursdays will look the same, where we have to say that we must score good points.

Q: This season it looks like you have a fast car, but this doesn’t mean you don’t have to concentrate on all aspects of the race weekend?
FA:
We have to concentrate very hard, as we have had some quite unlucky situations already this year. This season we saw many situations where cars have touched each other in the first corner, for example Hamilton’s front wing touching Vettel‘s rear tyre in Turn 1 and nothing has happened to either. And I had almost a same situation in Malaysia and was out of the race, which was a very unlucky situation. Also when the DRS did not close, which has never happened anywhere before, so again unlucky. For sure in Monaco we did not have the pace, but at least we scored six points, which is not great but better than nothing. Looking at last season, we have two points more at this stage, although we were in the lead of the championship, so we are doing better this year. For sure it is a bit out of the ordinary that Sebastian has scored that many points in six races. So the goal will be to finish ahead of him in the upcoming races, and we think that bad luck will also come to him as well, as it came to Kimi (Raikkonen) in Monaco with his accident and we are only five points behind him. So once it will come to Sebastian, we will have to maximize our chances in that very race.

Q: Can you give us a few words on your team mate Felipe Massa?
FA:
Felipe is a very talented driver, which he has shown on many occasions. He has been racing with Ferrari now for eight years, and this already in itself is a sign of having a certain talent. He has always shown a very big commitment to work with the team, as it is not only racing on Sunday but also working throughout the whole season with the engineers at the factory. This year again he has come to a very competitive level, as throughout the last two or three seasons it was a bit difficult in terms of tyres and handling of the car. Now that we have a more competitive car, which is also easier to drive, he has also come back strong. Both of us need to work hard with the team, to score points for both the constructors’ and the drivers’ championship.

Q: From the outside it seems that the Canadian Grand Prix is not one of your favourites. Is there a particular reason for this?
FA:
It is true that we did not have the best results here looking back, but some of these results were due to odd situations as well. I am not sure if there is a certain reason for this, but this circuit is a bit tricky to understand and it keeps changing all throughout the weekend. Looking at just the wind, that keeps changing which results in having different braking points from lap to lap. Here in Montreal there is no room for mistakes, especially looking at the fact that we have a straight circuit with walls around. Hopefully we’ll manage to do better this year.

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