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Ferrari Preview 2011 European GP

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Fernando Alonso, Ferrari
2010 Qualifying – 4th, 2010 Race – 8th

“I’ve never been that lucky in this race since it’s been held on the Valencia street circuit, especially last year when, despite having a very competitive car, I finished down in eighth place. However, everyone remembers what happened with the appearance of the Safety Car and there’s no point going over it again. I know that our fans are eagerly awaiting our first win of the season and I can assure you that the same goes for us. At the last two races, we showed we were clearly capable of winning and, especially in Monaco, we came pretty close, although I believe that even in Canada I could have fought for it all the way to the end, given what we had seen in qualifying. Now we go to a track with reasonably similar characteristics to Montreal and there is no obvious reason why we should not be competitive here too. The car will be pretty much in the same configuration seen at the last race and the major new element will be the race debut of the Pirelli medium compound tyre, running alongside the soft.”

Nikolas Tombazis, Ferrari chief designer
“We were able finally in Monaco and Canada to be serious contenders for the win, even though, in the end, the expected result did not come our way. We were competitive because of two factors; the first is the characteristics of those two circuits which suited our car, while the second factor is the previously mentioned development brought to the cars. Both contributed to an improved performance in the last couple of races. I believe we can continue that trend in Valencia because the track there does have quite a few similarities with those at the two preceding rounds, particularly with Canada, as it has a long straight and some hard braking points and some medium speed corners, which we feel should suit our car reasonably well.”


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