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#9801 Tuxy

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 15:23

That part is not that difficult nowadays.

Massa is done. He need to be booted out of F1.

I have more respect for the "pay drivers" than that excuse of a driver.



Agreed.

But I'm hoping Massa pulls one out of the bag for this race. I really want him to pull out of this performance rut.

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#9802 as65p

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 15:28

Alonso's Blog



i dont know why, but i find the bolded very funny :lol:


:up:  ;)

#9803 kosmos

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 13:05

Another interview of Nira Juanco on formula santander website, this time to Massimo Rivola. I'm going to copy the quotes related to Fernando, but check the full interview, it's at least entertaining.

"Back in 2001 I knew that Fernando would soon be World Champion"

"Now he is simply a better driver than he was. The talent continues to be there, but the experience makes the difference. (Rivola worked with Fernando in Minardi)"

Talking about losing the title last year:

"As a team we cannot hide the mistakes we make, but I think that one of Fernando's strongest points came to light precisely on that day. Above all I was very sad for him, but he looked at me and said to me "don't worry, we will win more in the future than we have lost this time". So when you have a driver who provides such support, encouragement and confidence to the whole team, despite the mistake, it is great proof of the driver's power. Because in the end on certain occasions it is he who leads the team. When you build this type of relationship between the driver and the team, results soon come."

About Feranndo and Felipe relationship:

"Yes, I think that it is a strong partnership, I see they really work well together and with the team."

http://www.formulasa...s/hello-paddock


Love the bit about Abu Dhabi.

Edited by kosmos, 28 July 2011 - 13:05.


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Posted 28 July 2011 - 13:17

Huge respect for FA for that Abu Dhabi part if its true. Not in the moments of glory but in the moments of a defeat we prove our true personality. And no, i am no FA fan but still you have to respect what is worth of being respected.

Edited by jut97, 28 July 2011 - 13:17.


#9805 SCUDmissile

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 13:59

Another interview of Nira Juanco on formula santander website, this time to Massimo Rivola. I'm going to copy the quotes related to Fernando, but check the full interview, it's at least entertaining.

"Back in 2001 I knew that Fernando would soon be World Champion"

"Now he is simply a better driver than he was. The talent continues to be there, but the experience makes the difference. (Rivola worked with Fernando in Minardi)"

Talking about losing the title last year:

"As a team we cannot hide the mistakes we make, but I think that one of Fernando's strongest points came to light precisely on that day. Above all I was very sad for him, but he looked at me and said to me "don't worry, we will win more in the future than we have lost this time". So when you have a driver who provides such support, encouragement and confidence to the whole team, despite the mistake, it is great proof of the driver's power. Because in the end on certain occasions it is he who leads the team. When you build this type of relationship between the driver and the team, results soon come."

About Feranndo and Felipe relationship:

"Yes, I think that it is a strong partnership, I see they really work well together and with the team."

http://www.formulasa...s/hello-paddock


Love the bit about Abu Dhabi.

Massimo Rivola was Stefano's successor after he moved to TP, wasnt he?

nice words. and massimo is right. :smoking:

#9806 currupipi

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 16:20

It would be very hard for me to choose which list is more scary... :rotfl:

And where is Zapatero? He could fit in any of them. And I don't understand how JuanCa is listed and his wonderful daughter in law is not... :rotfl:


dont mention that name , everthing that guy touches turns to sh.... :lol:


#9807 Kubiccia

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 17:15

Don't know if this was posted here already but Fernando is an atheist. That's quite rare among drivers, isn't it?

As far as I know, Senna, Hamilton, Barrichello, Massa, Fisichella and many others all believe in "god".

source:
http://www.celebathe...Fernando_Alonso

Edited by Kubiccia, 28 July 2011 - 17:18.


#9808 jetalt

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 17:37

Don't know if this was posted here already but Fernando is an atheist. That's quite rare among drivers, isn't it?

As far as I know, Senna, Hamilton, Barrichello, Massa, Fisichella and many others all believe in "god".

source:
http://www.celebathe...Fernando_Alonso


He was slammed for telling that by a spanish newspaper.

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 17:39

At least Kimi is too. Guess Heikki and Mika probably also... Northern Europe isn't that religious.

Edited by tommi34, 28 July 2011 - 17:48.


#9810 Kubiccia

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 17:50

At least Kimi is too. Guess Heikki and Mika probably also... Northern Europe isn't that religious.

do you have a source or is it just a guess?

Also, note that not having religion belief isn't the same as does not believing in "superior entities" as Alonso claims.

#9811 Fontainebleau

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 18:22

do you have a source or is it just a guess?

Also, note that not having religion belief isn't the same as does not believing in "superior entities" as Alonso claims.

True. Alonso has often stated that he does not believe in God, what I don't know is if he declares himself an atheist or an agnostic.

#9812 tommi34

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 19:30

do you have a source or is it just a guess?

Also, note that not having religion belief isn't the same as does not believing in "superior entities" as Alonso claims.


No source for Heikki or Mika, but I think its pretty clear from Kimi's personality and interviews. Anyway googled it in Finnish and he has said at least in July 2002 at Turun Sanomat that he doesn't believe in God and most important thing in his life is racing (which annoyed some religious people, found some forum discussion about it from 2002). Also I think he has said he's an atheist and doesn't believe in any kind of "upper forces" (lol sorry not native English, poor me)...

Good point from fontainebleau. Personally I'm agnostic.

Edited by tommi34, 28 July 2011 - 19:31.


#9813 puxanando

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 22:43

:wave: Happy birthday Fernando!!!

#9814 kosmos

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 04:13

Happy birthday!!! :kiss: , very interesting coincidence, 30 years old, and this week race will be his 30th race with Ferrari and also he took his first win in F1 in this circuit. Let's hope this means a little luck.

#9815 kurski

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 06:11

Happy birthday Fernando Alonso.

#9816 puxanando

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 06:46

:D First present for Alonso......its not raining! Sunshine today!

#9817 topical

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 08:15

Don't know if this was posted here already but Fernando is an atheist. That's quite rare among drivers, isn't it?

As far as I know, Senna, Hamilton, Barrichello, Massa, Fisichella and many others all believe in "god".

source:
http://www.celebathe...Fernando_Alonso


Very good. And that coming from a Catholic country like Spain as well. We need more of these progressives in F1. Might even get Richard Dawkins interested in going to a race  ;)

#9818 Fontainebleau

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 09:48

Very good. And that coming from a Catholic country like Spain as well. We need more of these progressives in F1. Might even get Richard Dawkins interested in going to a race ;)

With all respect, I find it funny when people who declare themselves atheists and criticise organised religions start behaving exactly like those they criticise. I suppose you would react negatively if somebody hinted at needing more Chistians in F1 or getting the Pope interested in racing, yet your comment on progressives (who said that atheism has anything to do with progressiveness, by the way? It is a rather old thing in the history of mankind... ) and Dawkins are exactly the same!  ;) :p

#9819 kosmos

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 09:50

Today there is a letter from Presidente Montezemolo on “La Gazzetta dello Sport” newspaper to congratulate Fernando for his Birthday.

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In english from Ferrari.com.

Dear Fernando,

Here’s wishing you a very happy birthday in the hope that you can celebrate it in style on Sunday in your thirtieth race with Ferrari. Thirty is an important age, as it means you are no longer a youngster. You gave us a bit of a hard time when you were an opponent of ours, but we have always appreciated your talent and your personality. Today, after one and a half years together, we have got to know you better and we have discovered those personal qualities you had kept hidden. It is because of these and not just your skill at the wheel, that our relationship is destined to last a long time. Best wishes once again and thanks for all your efforts and for the way you work with the team, as well as the determination you have shown and the fact that you never give up; just like Ferrari in fact.

Luca Montezemolo


Very nice touch :up:

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I will see if I can find this pic in high res.

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#9820 puxanando

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 09:53

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:love: Happy Birthday Campeon!

#9821 showtime

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 11:03

Interview for La Nueva España http://www.lne.es/de...os/1109003.html

#9822 kosmos

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 11:41

Thanks for the link, pretty good interview about Alonso, the guy, not the driver.

Didn't know the bit about Hamilton and the golf and I like this particular question:

¿Se divierte compitiendo contra algún rival en especial?

-Sí, con Button y con Webber. Los duelos con ellos son buenos y con juego limpio y respeto. Son educados en la pista.


The interviewer asked if he enjoy fighting against other drivers in special, he said that Button and Webber, the fights againt them are good and both are clean and respetful. Other driver not so much.





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Posted 29 July 2011 - 11:44

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http://www.formulatv...-nadie-querria/


Gerard Pique on the list :down: .

#9824 rachelxx

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 12:00

There's an amusing irony to British F1 fans getting the worst news in news on Alonso's birthday.
:drunk: Happy birthday Fernando

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 12:06

With all respect, I find it funny when people who declare themselves atheists and criticise organised religions start behaving exactly like those they criticise. I suppose you would react negatively if somebody hinted at needing more Chistians in F1 or getting the Pope interested in racing, yet your comment on progressives (who said that atheism has anything to do with progressiveness, by the way? It is a rather old thing in the history of mankind... ) and Dawkins are exactly the same! ;) :p



This isn't a place to get into a debate on religion, but the winking smiley face should have indicated that I was being ironic about Dawkins. I understand the problem people have with him and his like.
Anyway, nevermind Alonso's religious beliefs. Let's just hope for a strong result in Hungary!

#9826 kosmos

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 13:12

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#9827 Johnrambo

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 13:39

Massa seems so happy to be standing there. :rotfl:

#9828 showtime

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 15:01

Smedley in his own world :lol:

#9829 Fontainebleau

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 16:07

This isn't a place to get into a debate on religion, but the winking smiley face should have indicated that I was being ironic about Dawkins. I understand the problem people have with him and his like.
Anyway, nevermind Alonso's religious beliefs. Let's just hope for a strong result in Hungary!

Sorry, I misunderstood you and missed the joke - I just found it quite funny (so maybe I did not miss the joke, only the irony). :)

As you say, here is hoping for a good result on Sunday and lots of champagne for all Alonso believers!  ;)

#9830 kosmos

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 16:08

Alonso survived an interruption from Bernie E during his press conference after the F1 supremo popped in to wish him Happy Birthday


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:rotfl:

Tweet by Sarah Holt, photo by Laia Ferrer.

Edited by kosmos, 29 July 2011 - 16:08.


#9831 TheBunk

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 17:30

Its obvious Alonso is the dominant male again this weekend. heres to another pole and another win.

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 20:34

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Feliz Cumpleaños Fernando!!! :) :up:



#9833 prty

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 21:07

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:rotfl:

Tweet by Sarah Holt, photo by Laia Ferrer.


This is the moment, I don't know if it's available everywhere:

http://www.lasexta.c...fernando/460133

Edit: In youtube:


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#9834 PoleMan

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 22:06

Awesome Pix! Happy birthday Fernando! Hope you get all the gifts you desire this weekend! As a fan, thank you for all th pleasant memories! :up:

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#9835 YellowHelmet

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 09:05

one day too late, but nevertheless:
Happy Birthday Champ ;)

Edited by YellowHelmet, 30 July 2011 - 09:06.


#9836 kosmos

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 13:08

Bad day in the office, at least clean side of the track.

#9837 Johnrambo

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 13:10

Alonso again rooting for McLaren. Won't help him if they are ahead of him also.

#9838 speng

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 13:11

Bad day in the office, at least clean side of the track.

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#9839 Hole

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 13:13

Bad day in the office, at least clean side of the track.


I think taking 3rd position on the starting may be possible. ALonso has been starting pretty good in the last races.

I think McLaren and RBR clearly faster, but not so sure about RBR on race pace tho.

Edited by Hole, 30 July 2011 - 13:13.


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#9840 YellowHelmet

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 13:22

p5, maybe this time worth a win  ;)

#9841 kosmos

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 13:25

I think taking 3rd position on the starting may be possible. ALonso has been starting pretty good in the last races.


The problem it's Massa, he is a good starter and when Alonso is behind he defend his position like a mad dog. I'm more worried about a potential crash between both or Alonso loosing ground behind Massa more than anything. Let's hope for a rocket start or that both can keep up with the leaders. Exciting and scary race at the same time :love: :(

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 13:26

p5, maybe this time worth a win ;)

:cat: Number "5" will bring him luck!

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 14:59

Bad day in the office, at least clean side of the track.

Not his best day but congratulations to Felipe. The start will be interesting on the clean side but he has Button in front of him who tends to be a overly cautious on his starts. This should be a fun race to watch, I think (not 100% sure) that we have pretty good tire wear. On SPEED watching FP2 Will Buxton said that the McLarens were really burning up their front tires. I didn't see FP3 so maybe that problem is gone with additional rubber on track.

Edited by Watkins74, 30 July 2011 - 15:00.


#9844 kosmos

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 15:26

Mini interview with the BBC after qualifying.



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Posted 30 July 2011 - 16:02

Does anyone know what happened in the last sector of Alonso's final lap?

I'm sure the TV coverage showed him a tenth up on Hamilton's provisional pole at sector 2, then by the end of the lap he was more than .5 down and slower than his first lap.

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 16:10

Does anyone know what happened in the last sector of Alonso's final lap?

I'm sure the TV coverage showed him a tenth up on Hamilton's provisional pole at sector 2, then by the end of the lap he was more than .5 down and slower than his first lap.


I think Ferrari is crap in S3 and Fernando overdrove it and lost lots of time. His best time was on Q2 and he could have faught at least with the Mclarens with a good Q3 run, imo.

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Posted 31 July 2011 - 13:56

Alonso drove well today and he had the speed to win it,
but the strategy again sucked :down:

#9848 kosmos

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Posted 31 July 2011 - 13:57

Another podium and the driver with most point in the last 4 races!!!. He was pushing to hard that he did a lot of mistakes but at the end he bringed the car to the podium. Very good pace at the end but he was too far from Vettel, even without the last mistake, P2 was not possible.

:up:

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Posted 31 July 2011 - 14:23

Alonso drove well today and he had the speed to win it,
but the strategy again sucked :down:


:rolleyes:

What about the multiple mistakes he made during today's race? Already forgotten?

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Posted 31 July 2011 - 14:25

:rolleyes:

What about the multiple mistakes he made during today's race? Already forgotten?


All drivers had some excursions out of the track due the rain. Other than that the only mistake he made was when he spun by the end of the race that costed him a possible fight against Vettel for 2nd.

You can't deny the strategy was very very bad for Alonso and that he was a bit unlucky too ;)