Fernando Alonso and the fierce, famed Scuderia Ferrari have yet to share a Grand Prix victory during the 2011 Formula One season. Most recently, at Monaco and Montreal, the flaming red Ferraris appeared in practice and qualifying to have the goods to win. Sadly for Ferrari fans, Fernando was reduced to the second place finish in Monaco, which is the first of the losers. He crashed out completely in the Canadian Grand Prix.
The European Grand Prix is on the horizon for this weekend, June 26, 2011. Two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso is optimistic about taking the top step on the podium at the Valencia track.
“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,” Alonso wrote. This observer doubts that this obvious comment was Alonso's, and was ghost-written for the official Ferrari website. No way does Fernando Alonso, Spanish World Champion, say things that way in English.
The track at Valencia is physically similar to the Gilles Villeneuve course in Montreal, Canada, where the Ferrari's performed quite well. Alonso believed he had a chance to grab the win there before he became a DNF. Therefore, he believes that he and teammate Filipe Massa stand a better chance in this European Grand Prix, with one caveat: the tires.
“The [Ferrari] 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 tire, running alongside the soft,” Fernando Alonso stated.
“Over the winter, I got the chance to test this tire, but now it will be a completely different ball game, given that the difference in temperature compared to February and March will be on the order of 20 degrees and because the Valencia track characteristics definitely cannot be compared to those of Jerez and Barcelona, nor to the permanent track at Cheste, around twenty kilometres from the city centre,” Fernando said.
It seems that the tire situation is the potential stumbling block for the Scuderia at Valencia. Considering the positive relationship that Fernando Alonso feels toward the track there, Tifosi can hope that the Ferrari team finds its wings and flies faster than the Red Bulls. If Ferrari fails again, especially if it's because of tire strategy, it will be the fault of Stafano Domenicali. I can't figure out why Montezemollo doesn't replace Domenicali – all of the team's faltering and fumbling stems from that undeserving team boss. To me, he seems more like the team mess.