Maravilloso: Formula 1 Superstar Fernando Alonso’s Emotional Triumph at European Grand Prix in Spain
Fernando Alonso’s swelling emotions poured out in the form of tears as “La Marcha Real,” Spain’s National Anthem, played as he towered on the podium.
Oakley’s own F1 Superstar, reviving Ferrari’s dreams of a Championship this season, stood proud as the first driver this season to claim two Formula 1 wins – on his home turf, at that. Cap that off with his push back up to the top in the points standings (111 points – 20 ahead of second) and his 29th overall win following a dramatic, incident-lined European Grand Prix in Valencia (Spain).
“This race is probably the best victory I have ever felt,” the two-time Formula 1 World Champion said, rocking his Oakley eyewear. “In terms of emotions, nothing compares to this.”
Neither did any past performance on the circuit.
Famously difficult for overtaking, the track at Valencia was fully owned by Fernando, passing driver after driver in a place that didn’t see a single change in order of cars from start to finish in 2009. The sheer display of skill made for one of the most impressive F1 performances in recent history.
But it was no done deal, by any means, until late in the contest.
The Spaniard’s main rival, Sebastian Vettel, charged out to a massive 20-second lead over the field…until Lap 34, that is, when his Red Bull car stalled and stranded him. Fernando capitalized and lead the pack following a solid start that saw him power his way three spots to eighth place – after starting from 11th – by the second turn of the race.
“We had an amazing race, an amazing start. I remember six or seven overtakings we had. Today we had all the good factors and luck with us.”
It was a brilliant result for Ferrari and Fernando himself. But the Kingdom’s economic crisis in his homeland wasn’t far from his thoughts. The former Champ simply could not fight off the tears after his win.
“This is the best feeling of victory by far because of the whole situation in Spain,” Fernando continued. “There are families who have made long trips to come here, they have slept in the car or caravan…Yesterday we didn’t deliver what they were expecting, so today I think we paid back a little bit of the support they gave us with all the problems they are facing.”
It’s safe to say that Fernando felt that the victory far transcended sports.
“It’s nice…and I’m thinking of the wins for the national football team and (Rafael) Nadal, might be able to give people something to smile about.”