Alonso puts Valencia behind him


SILVERSTONE, July 9 – Spaniard Fernando Alonso has insisted that he has put the controversies of the European Grand Prix behind him, and is in a much more positive mood as he prepares for this Sunday's British Grand Prix.The 28-year-old Ferrari driver branded the Valencia race a ‘manipulation’ after a spell of bad luck saw him finish in ninth position.

But he claims that he has put it all behind him and is now completely focussed on maximising his chances, although he conceded that he is unsure how his Ferrari will fare around the new Silverstone circuit.

He stated: "I said everything on the website and in the days after the race in much calmer conditions, so I think Valencia is now in the past.

"I am quite optimistic for this weekend, we had two unlucky weekends so very soon will arrive one lucky weekend."

"I think it will be more difficult here, the characteristics of the track we know are not the same as Canada and Valencia with different circuit characteristics, we will see."

Despite trailing current drivers’ championship leader Lewis Hamilton of McLaren by 30 points, Alonso is convinced that he is still in with a title shout.

"We know what we have to do: 30 points more than main competitors in the second part of season.

"I think we can do it after all that happened to us in the first part – the problems we faced."

"We can do a better job in the second half. I think it is enough to be in fight for championship hopefully, that is all."

Ferrari have unveiled a new red and white design that will become the official logo of the team next season, following the controversy surrounding their old barcode design.

The team agreed to remove the barcode design after suggestions that it was subliminal advertising for tobacco manufacturer Marlboro.

The designs and branding currently featured on the car will remain until the end of the 2010 season.