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Fernando Alonso Q&A: Mixed weather can help us 07 Sep 2013

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari.
Formula One World Championship, Rd12, Italian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Monza, Italy, Saturday, 7 September 2013 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F138.
Formula One World Championship, Rd12, Italian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Monza, Italy, Saturday, 7 September 2013 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F138 leads Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F138.
Formula One World Championship, Rd12, Italian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Monza, Italy, Saturday, 7 September 2013

Fernando Alonso came to Monza knowing that he needs a good result to keep his championship hopes alive. But while the Spaniard was able to qualify his Ferrari closer to the Red Bulls than he had in Belgium, he found himself back in fifth place behind team mate Felipe Massa. But before he could talk about his race chances, he had to face questions over some radio comments…

Q: Fernando, there was quite a stir about your radio conversation with the team during qualifying. How is the situation for you?
Fernando Alonso:
Well, the conversation was taken out of context because nobody took the part when I said thank you to the team and Felipe. That is okay. I am so long in Formula One that I know that these things are hyped. It is Saturday and tomorrow can happen anything: maybe it rains, maybe I win the race - who knows? I have learned to live with these things as that’s the way it is.

Q: You said that today is the first time in a long time that you’ll be able to see the rear wings of the Red Bulls at the start. Will you be able to follow them?
FA:
I think so. Normally on a race weekend the worst point for us are the Saturdays - the qualifying - as there are frequently three or four cars between us and the Red Bulls. So we start the race having to pass these cars and when we’ve managed that the Red Bulls are seconds ahead of us - and normally we keep that distance throughout the race. So we are lucky today as it looks promising that tomorrow at the start we will not have these three or four cars ahead of us. We don’t have (Lewis) Hamilton, we don’t have Kimi (Raikkonen) to slow us a bit in the first corner, and we usually have a great pace on Sunday. If we are able to show our normal Sunday pace tomorrow there is no reason why we should not be able to follow the Red Bulls.

Q: It’s possible there will be rain and thunderstorms throughout the race. How much will that affect your pace?
FA:
Not at all. If it rains, of course, everybody’s race will race different. That is a fact of the low downforce and the difficult visibility. My view is that any change in conditions - whether mixed or wet - can help us. In a standard race it will be more difficult to beat the Red Bulls.

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