Alonso anticipating special final race with Ferrari

By on Saturday, November 22, 2014
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Fernando Alonso says he hopes he can enjoy a special final race with Ferrari as his five-year stint at the team comes to an end at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Alonso will start the race from 10th place in the Ferrari F14 T after a mistake on his Q3 lap but is hopeful that he can make progress.

"Today’s qualifying was very tricky on a weekend that, in general, has been more complicated than usual," he said.

"Changing the engine after the final free practice session created a few extra problems and it took until Q2 for the car to perform consistently.

"Tomorrow, I expect an uphill struggle, partly because, over the past two days, we haven’t done any practice starts and I have never run with a full fuel load.

"But at the same time, I really want to give it my all and try and make up as much ground as possible. It will be a special day for me and even if it's really about the title contenders, [Nico] Rosberg and [Lewis] Hamilton, I would like my last race for Ferrari to feature some nice battles, for the team and for all the fans who have supported me over these past years."

Team-mate Kimi Raikkonen will start one place higher in ninth.

"Even before we arrived in Yas Marina, we knew this track would not favour our car and all weekend, we never managed to find a set-up that worked well at every corner," he said.

"Today, in qualifying, I felt more comfortable, but it wasn’t simple putting a good lap together. I was always on the limit and on some parts of the track the car worked well and in others it tended to slide."


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