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    A REFLECTION OF THE WEEKEND AS A WHOLE

    ..we didn’t manage to be competitive, even if the car worked well from start to finish
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    MIXING THINGS UP

    We can’t single out any particular bad point because we are losing in all the sectors. The truth is just that the cars ahead of us were quicker
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    LEARNING THE TRACK

    ..surprising today was the good level of grip from the track surface, which is unusual on a brand new circuit
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    MY PRIORITY IS THE WORK ON THE TRACK

    The contrast between the cities of Sochi and Austin could not be more marked, but when it came to Fernando Alonso’s regular Thursday press meeting in the COTA paddock, the opening questions were identical to those the Ferrari man was asked at the Russian GP: in short, what are you doing next year? It was the usual game of cat and mouse between driver and journalists. “I know more or less what I’m doing next year,” admitted the Spaniard. “But for now my priority is the work on the track. There are a lot of things that can happen in the next races and we need to deliver good results because we are fighting in the Constructors’ championship. There is a massive push from the engineers, mechanics and everyone in the team to deliver good results. This is the first priority at the moment. My own future is very low priority at the moment in my opinion. As I said before, I will do what I think is best for my future and for Ferrari. But at the moment we have to concentrate on the competition to race on Sunday, giving my maximum, even if, with Jules’ situation, there is still something of a sad atmosphere here.”

    Asked if felt his chances of taking a third title were running out, Alonso took a philosophical viewpoint: “at the end of the day winning or not is a matter of being in the right place at the right moment” he concluded. “Getting respect sometimes has more value. When I joined Ferrari in 2009 I did not have the respect I have now. I have not won the championship these last five years, but, with Ferrari, I grew up as a driver and as a person. Definitely I want to win a third title and I’m sure I will have the opportunity.

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    A REFLECTION OF THE WEEKEND AS A WHOLE

    ALO RUSIA GP 2014

    Today’s race followed the pattern set in the earlier part of a weekend in which we didn’t manage to be competitive, even if the car worked well from start to finish. The entire race was particularly demanding from the point of view of managing the fuel consumption and especially in the closing stages, I had to save fuel. During the pit stop, the front jack didn’t work, but I think that even without this problem, I’d have finished in the same position, because the McLarens were faster.

    We took a risk at the start because we knew it was an opportunity to make up some places, but after that, my race pace was what we’d seen to date and it wasn’t possible to do any more. We have not picked up many points, but we will continue to give it our all in the last three races, because third place in the Constructors’ championship is still a possibility, even if at the moment, the most important thing is to get some good news about Jules as soon as possible.”

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    MIXING THINGS UP

    Alo Russia GP 2014

    “Today’s qualifying was more difficult than usual, or at least more complicated compared to the last two race weekends, when we had been able to fight with the front runners. So far here, we have not been competitive, even though the car seems okay and on the set-up front, we’ve changed almost nothing. We can’t single out any particular bad point because we are losing in all the sectors. The truth is just that the cars ahead of us were quicker.

    Here, the grip seems to improve with every lap and on top of that, reducing the pit lane speed to 60 km/h all points to a one-stop strategy. Even if the Safety Car could mix things up a bit, I think tomorrow, the start and the first corner could define the outcome of the race, and so we must prepare to tackle the early stages as well as possible.”

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