Felipe Massa says he’s been a lot more relaxed since it was confirmed that he would be leaving Ferrari at the end of the season.
Massa has outqualified Fernando Alonso five times in the past six races.
Fernando Alonso says that fifth place was the best he could have achieved in Abu Dhabi, and the result was good damage limitation given Ferrari’s lack of pace during the weekend.
“I think I did my maximum,” he said on Sunday night. “The car in front was 20 seconds ahead. It’s true that I lost a little bit of time with the traffic, but 20 seconds is a lot of time, but we didn’t have the pace to be in the top four. And top five is the maximum. We have one Mercedes in front, one behind.
Fernando Alonso has gone for a hospital checkup after bouncing over the curbs while battling with Jean-Eric Vergne in Abu Dhabi.
The jolt was hard enough to set off the FIA-mandated g-force alarm, which means a compulsory medical checkup for the driver.
Alonso admitted afterwards that he felt some back pain, and after a check at the circuit medical center, he went for further investigations at the local hospital.
Welcome to FOX Sports’ Live Formula One blog from the Yas Marina circuit! We have all the latest commentary from the Thursday driver press conference prior to Sunday’s Abu Dhabi GP.
Alonso Still Pushing To The End Of The Season
Fernando Alonso was in a philosophical mood Thursday as he reflected on yet another season without securing a third World Championship.
Alonso stated that he intends to end the year with some good results as he tries to secure second place.
Fernando Alonso’s hopes of a decent result in the Indian GP were over at the first corner after he hit the rear of Mark Webber – ironically the other front-running driver who took a gamble on qualifying on the medium tire.
Alonso also hit Jenson Button on the first lap. A second lap stop for a new nose then ruined his strategy and left him struggling to catch up. He eventually finished 11th.