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Fernando Alonso: “The championship situation is even more difficult after Spa, in that there is one race less to go and the gap to the leaders has grown a bit more. We have to be realistic but we will never give up: we did not give up in the past and we will not do it now. It is easy to maintain a high level of motivation, because we tackle every Grand Prix wanting and trying to win. Winning an individual Grand Prix is in itself very special and something we all want to do, regardless of the championship situation. There is further motivation in the Constructors’ championship where there are more possibilities and we will try and do well right up to the last moment.

“The first time you drive Monza in a Formula 1 car, hitting 350 km/h or more for the first time in your life is a very special feeling. Then, in 2006 we were leading the championship with Michael Schumacher behind us, so we arrived in Monza as the opponent of Ferrari. The tifosi naturally tried to put me under pressure and I also had a penalty after qualifying for blocking another driver, my actual team-mate Felipe. I started tenth, had an engine problem when lying third and the crowds in the grandstands at Turn 1 were very excited about this and the fact Michael was leading the race. It was an interesting experience. One year later I took pole, fastest race lap and the win with McLaren. It was my first win at this historic track, even if of course the tifosi were not very happy. Then in 2010, a very different feeling from the same result: pole, fastest lap and race win, but this time with Ferrari. I especially enjoyed being on the podium seeing about 20 thousand people in front of me on the track with Ferrari flags: a difficult image to forget.”

Felipe Massa: “Racing in Monza is a fantastic experience for us, as the home Grand Prix for Ferrari. When you go there and see all the tifosi dressed completely in red, you can really feel their love of speed, of Ferrari and of competition. Racing here is therefore nothing but a pleasure for me. It is a very emotional weekend and I am always happy to be there. With its long straights, Monza is the circuit where we reach the highest speed we see all year. Drivers love speed and that is an extra motivation to race at Monza, when you have speed in the blood.

“I think for sure DRS will create a lot of overtaking, as indeed it has done at every race this year It will be very interesting for the fans, while for the drivers, it will mean even more work and having to concentrate precisely on what is going on, because you will have to work out not only when to try and pass, but also to defend yourself from attack.

“I definitely expect to have a competitive car and after finishing third last year I hope to do even better this time.”

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