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     Here we are in Shanghai for the start of the third race weekend of the year. For sure, arriving here in China as the leader of the Championship is something I would never have expected, at least given the way winter testing went. It means we have done a good job, managing to make use of all the potential at our disposal and making the most of every opportunity. Since I first arrived in Maranello, at the start of 2010, I have seen the team grow a lot in all areas relating to track activity, from strategy to the work in the garage and at the pit stops. 

    I know I can count on a very strong group, which is very important and there is a great sense of purpose shared by all. We know our car is not at the level we had wanted going into this season, but everyone is reacting very well, everyone is very united, which is what you get with a real team that wants to reach its objectives. 

    I’m not expecting any surprises in this race, compared to what we saw in Australia and Malaysia. It’s true almost three weeks have gone by, but that does not mean there was enough time to completely turn the car around in such a short time: we will have a few small updates, but nothing particularly significant and on top of that, we can expect that the other teams will also bring some new parts. 

    Therefore, we won’t change our approach to this Grand Prix: to get a good result, we will need to concentrate on ourselves, trying to be perfect and to exploit every possibility that might come our way over the weekend. 

    I don’t want to come out with statements that our aim is to finish in this or that position, as these discussions are not worth the time spent on them. We will have to do the maximum and bring home as many points as possible: a bit like ants who start something one day, knowing it will produce something worthwhile in the future. 

    I’m expecting tomorrow to be a rather busy day, with various promotional and media activities, both at the track and outside it. China is a very important country for Ferrari and for its technical and commercial partners and the Formula 1 Grand Prix represents a unique opportunity, not to be missed. 

    Finally, if I had to draw a conclusion from what I’ve seen in the last 24 hours, I would say there is a great enthusiasm from the local people, especially the young ones. As you have been able to see on @alo_oficial, yesterday afternoon there was a huge crowd of boys and girls waiting for me at the airport and even outside the hotel. It’s always nice to experience the enthusiasm of the fans, especially so in a country where Formula 1 is not part of its history. It means the spectacle and excitement that our sport provides is still very attractive.

    Do you remember the photo at the simulator?

    China simulador y circuito real

    China simulador y circuito real

    Do you remember the photo at the simulator a few days ago..?

    Time zone change is always difficult

    Jet lag from china

    Jet lag from china

    The time zone change is always difficult, with some coffee and exercises in the gym, must be awake during the day..;)

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    “China 2012. Jet lag.”


    After a marathon journey of eighteen hours with a stopover in Dubai, the world championship leader landed at Pudong airport early in the morning, Spanish time.

    The reception could not be more crowded and warm, as several hundreds of Chinese fans waited as each season to Fernando in the same gate with Spanish flags, Asturian and Ferrari. Fernando took care of all his fans and spent a good time shaking hands and signing autographs as you can see in this video

    Back at the hotel, Fernando has dedicated the evening to light training in the gym with his trainer to tone the muscles after the long journey. The unsettled weather has welcomed Fernando in the city of skyscrapers, with a temperature between 18/11degrees. The forecasts are not very favorable for the next few days and it looks like the rain will be present at any time during the three days of Grand Prix.

    Fernando arrives in China as a world championship leader after his sensational victory at Sepang to contest a Grand Prix in which it already knows how to win. He did it in 2005 with Renault. Last season, Fernando finished in seventh position.

    Arrival in Shanghai

    The heat from the China crowd waiting as always!. How do they know at what time we arrive?

    Flying to Shangai

    Today we had a nice top speed..!!!

    Oviedo Forest

    Oviedo forest

    Bosques de Oviedo


    Tomita en el aeropuerto rumbo a China

    The other passion of Fernando has two wheels

    Asturias 2011

    There is a saying that a F1 champion does well on anything with wheels. Nothing closer to reality, at least in the case of Fernando Alonso, as the two-times world champion is not only a big cycling fan, but he does really well on a bicycle.

    In recent days, Fernando has been uploading on his Twitter, photos of some of the training that he has been doing by bicycle. The parameters that his cycle-computer sends are that of a very high level cyclist if you consider that he does not train daily with the bike, or is professionally engaged in it. In the last exit prior to the China Grand Prix, Fernando made ​​a total of 122 kms by road in just over four hours to an average of more than 30 km / h.

    To give you an idea of ​​these figures, the winner of the last stage of the Tour of Spain 2011, Slovak Peter Sagan, traveled the circuit in 2:20 minutes, a half about 38 km / h going for most of that tour squad. The 1364 watts of power Fernando reached last week at the physical tests on the roller is further evidence of dramatic figures. Also, it must be said that he exceeded by far the data obtained in the same test in 2011.

    Fernando includes cycling in his preparation since he began in the racing world, because as an aerobic activity, it provides strength and the necessary background for the demanding physical waste that has to bear in a car.

    Fernando Alonso y Carlos Sastre