• Singapore Grand Prix

Cool Alonso never thought Vettel would pass

ESPNF1 Staff
September 26, 2010 « Heidfeld confident he will stay in F1 next year | »
Fernando Alonso took a brilliant win on the streets of Singapore © Associated Press

Fernando Alonso said he had the Singapore Grand Prix under control as soon as he pitted for fresh tyres and came out ahead of rival Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel crossed the finish line just 0.2 seconds behind the Ferrari after closing the gap dramatically at the end, but Alonso said he was entirely focused on the job at hand and barely gave a second thought to the Red Bull filling his mirrors.

"Obviously it was not an easy race both physically for me and mechanically for the car, and not easy as well for brakes," he told . "But we tried to keep control of everything and avoid the walls in terms of driving style. But after the first stop when we went on the prime the race was more or less under control.

"It is difficult to overtake here so I was not too worried about the gap to Sebastian, I was more worried about the people we were lapping and we came across some difficult groups. At the end that was the main concern not the distance [to the Red Bull]."

He said that his experience had helped him take victory, but added that if he is to win the championship he still needs more from the car.

"Experience helps in some types of situation, but on the other hand we know that with the close fight we have with Red Bull and McLaren, that one or two tenths is better than all the experience you can have. So any new part that we bring to the car is more welcome than experience."

However, he said the win in Singapore combined with victory at Monza was proof that Ferrari can be quick on any type of circuit.

"This win is very significant," Alonso added. "We wanted to confirm our success in Monza at a completely different type of track and we succeeded at the end of a very hard and extremely stressful race, both for me and for the car, on a track that I like a lot and which is well suited to my driving style.

"We must stay calm and concentrate on our own job, without thinking about what the others are doing: what is certain is that we will leave nothing to chance, fighting right to the very end. The F10 has improved a lot thanks to the work of all our engineers in Maranello and here at the track, and I am happy for that because now we can be on the pace at every type of circuit. We are not considered favourites for the races that lie ahead of us, but none of them are anything to be frightened about."