Revving Up: Oakley F1 Superstar Fernando Alonso Claims Second at European Grand Prix, Speeds Through Media Headlines
Fernando Alonso is on a media rampage.
Oakley’s Formula 1 Superstar stormed through headlines as he claimed a solid second place finish at the European Grand Prix in Valencia (Spain) – signaling Ferrari’s resurgence and the team’s return to being a major force.
Alonso, who qualified fourth, powered up to third at the start and spent the remaining 56 laps battling Red Bull driver Mark Webber for second. The two drivers exchanged positions on three occasions before the Spaniard eventually finished the race 11 seconds behind race-winner Sebastian Vettel.
“It was an interesting race for the fans and people on TV,” said Alonso, rocking his Oakley Fuel Cell eyewear. “To see the fight with Webber all the race through…At the beginning of the race I was behind him, trying to not fall back too much, and I had the benefit of a pit stop and an opportunity to overtake him. We had an opportunity in the middle of the race when I overtook him at Turn 12. They had a good stop and passed us, then at the final stop the team had a good strategy and we got by him. Quite a bit of changing positions between Mark and me.”
Alonso said although he didn’t expect to win, he stressed that Sunday’s result was further proof that the Italian team has recovered from their disappointing start to the season.
“Second place is the maximum we can have these days, so being here between the Red Bull cars is a great achievement. Monaco was a good performance to finish second. Canada was a good performance but we didn’t score and here second is a great team result.”
The 29-year-old suggested that if his Ferrari team continues to improve as they have in recent races, it won’t be long before they can match the pace of the high-flying Red Bull cars.
“We are definitely moving in the right direction and will get closer to them at the next races.”
“I think we all in Ferrari know our fans are expecting us to win,” he said. At the moment we are not in that position. We are getting much closer. In the first few races we were 1.5 seconds behind, now it’s down to six or seven tenths, so we have halved it. We won’t stop working until we reach the maximum performance of the car."
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