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Monza GP: Alonso consolidates his second place in the championship
9 Sep 2013
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari finished the Italian Grand Prix with a second and fourth place courtesy of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa respectively. The Spaniard thus consolidates his second place in the championship. The total points tally from Monza sees the Scuderia move ahead of Mercedes in the Constructors’ classification to take second place.

Alonso immediately began lapping very quickly and dispensed with Webber on lap 3, followed by Massa five laps later. In second place, the Spaniard kept the leader in sight up until lap 24, when the German pitted to change tyres. Next time round Felipe came in, re-emerging behind Webber. Fernando’s stop came on lap 27, switching to the Hards and getting back on track in second place, ten seconds off the leader. After that, the positions remained unaltered to the chequered flag, the top four drivers crossing the line within 10 seconds of one another. Sebastian Vettel won the race for Red Bull.

The Monza podium ceremony is always an event in itself and a great way to say farewell to the European part of the season for another year. This time it was made even more special, particularly for Ferrari fans as the presentation and interviews with the top three were conducted by two great “Ferraristi,” the ever popular Jean Alesi and the great John Surtees, who won this race to clinch the World Championship crown at the wheel of a Ferrari back in 1964.

Fernando Alonso said: “Stepping onto the Monza podium is always a special feeling, as it’s the only one where you can feel all the love that the fans have for the team and it’s the best prize at the end of what was an almost perfect weekend. ‘Almost’ because our championship rivals won and we send them our congratulations. We went well on both Friday and Saturday, getting both cars in the top five, but Red Bull was able to do better. When Vettel pitted, we were still doing green sector times and so we opted to lengthen the stint as much as possible, at least while Webber was not becoming a threat. That way, we could have tried to get Vettel on Hard tyres that were fresher by a few laps. We tried our best and even if we have to be realistic about our championship chances, as it’s not an easy task to close down a 53 point gap in the few remaining races, in Formula 1 anything can happen and we will believe in our chances all the way to the finish line in Brazil, always trying to give a hundred percent”.

Felipe Massa said: “I am very happy with my race, which went fantastically well right from the beginning, thanks to a nice start which moved me up two places. The pace was good on both compounds and we ran consistently throughout the whole race. It was a shame I lost the place to Webber at the pit stop, because today, the podium was within our grasp and it would have been brilliant to celebrate with our fans at our home race. Today, overtaking wasn’t easy, because, when you find yourself behind another car, especially in the second sector, you loose a lot of downforce. Overall, the weekend has been very positive for me and for the whole team. We brought home a good points haul, but we know we still have a lot of work to do if we want to improve. As far as that’s concerned, I will be doing my utmost right to the very end of the Championship”.“

An amazing show of affection,” is how Luca di Montezemolo described the spectacle put on by the fans, before, during and after the Italian Grand Prix. “I want to thank all of you for your support, which you have always given, but especially this weekend in Monza,” said the President, speaking to “I assure you that your incredible passion will provide us with even more motivation to fight all the way to the very end of this championship.”