Fernando Alonso believes that he and his team did all they could to give him the best chance of a podium position in Brazil, despite eventually seeing Mark Webber overtake him in the Drivers’ World Championship to claim third place by a single point. He described his experience at the Interlagos Circuit as “yet another race in which we did everything to perfection, from the start to the strategy and the work of the team.” With the Red Bulls in fantastic shape and Jensen Button on form, Alonso is realistic in claiming that “the final result is more down to the performance of others than our own, because we could not have done more.”
The Ferrari driver also suffered technical problems with his DRS for large portions of the race, which meant Alonso’s good work from the grid was eventually nullified. “Once again today, we got a very good start, putting a nice passing move on Button, but then, on the medium tyres we no longer had the speed to fend him off. I also had a problem with the DRS which would not activate – I was not fighting closely with other drivers but it would certainly have helped me gain a few tenths while overtaking,” explained Fernando after the race. “This grand prix produced an accurate reflection of the season, where we have almost always done our maximum, fighting for a podium finish in a car that was not as good as the top two. In terms of teamwork we grew a lot in 2011 and must absolutely make this a starting point for a very different 2012”
Next season, Alonso will hope to continue his fantastic form, and if the Ferrari mechanics make the most of the changes in design regulations over the winter to give him a competitive car, Fernando has an excellent chance of challenging the McLarens and Red Bulls.