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Fernando Alonso: Ferrari gives you a special mood

Alonso held his career had hit a top when he won his two world championships for Renault. But he has exposed, in a discussion with the Guardian, that it was his father who convinced him to make the move to Ferrari F1. My father for all time told me this would happen, Fernando Alonso said. He told if you race for Ferrari then you can leave. Your life is complete.’ So after I won my two championships for Renault I said, ‘I’m happy now – my profession is complete.’ And he said, ‘No, no, if you drive for Ferrari people will forget the championships. They will remember you as a Ferrari driver.’ I said, ‘OK, Papa, we’ll see.’ Now I think he was right. Ferrari gives you a special feeling.”

The Spanish ace who has enjoyed highs and lows of fame, involved over 36,000 fans to attend pre-season testing in Valencia – that is more people than attended the 2009 Turkish GP. It was a hard fight when I started,” Alonso says. There was nil. When I raced at Minardi in my first year my family had to watch me on German TV. In Spain there were no TV rights for F1. Now I think the attention on me here will go up even more. But the major complexity will be outside Spain. When I race in Australia or Korea or Japan I know it will be a big transform for me because Ferrari fans are worldwide. It’s very nice if you win but it’s not so good if you lose. All this is part of life form a Ferrari driver.

Fernando believes that his confused year at McLaren in 2007, stressed for superiority with Lewis Hamilton, has equipped him well for the challenges he will face at his new team. It was very hard but I learnt a lot myself. It was good for my career to take that step of joining them McLaren and increasing up. I learnt how to work with a team and also to withstand the media force. The difficulties I had were coming from the team and the media. Now I am much more prepared for everything in Formula One – and in life as fine.

Fernando has not at all been distant from the controversy that has hit the sport in recent years. In 2007 he gave in order to the FIA about the Spygate affair, which lead to McLaren being fined $100m and excluded from that year’s championship. He also, unwittingly, benefited from collapse gate, winning the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix after gaining an advantage from the safety car deployed after Nelson Piquet Jnr’s accident. He is title into the 2010 season with assurance, and recently claimed that the Ferrari F10 is the best car he has ever driven. I knew 2009 year I was only struggle for seventh or eighth but it was important to learn from that. I have no doubt I am a better driver at present.

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