Redemption on Alonso’s mind
Fernando Alonso and his Ferrari team will be seeking to erase memories of a nightmare weekend in 2010 when they challenge for glory in the penultimate race of the Formula One season, Sunday's 'twilight' Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.india Updated: Nov 10, 2011 23:08 IST
Fernando Alonso and his Ferrari team will be seeking to erase memories of a nightmare weekend in 2010 when they challenge for glory in the penultimate race of the Formula One season, Sunday's 'twilight' Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The two-time champion endured a race to forget last year when he arrived in Abu Dhabi as one of four contenders for the drivers' title, but departed hugely disappointed after failing to find any passing power on his way to seventh.
Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull lifted the title, aged just 23, to become the sport's youngest champion and then went on to defend that crown with a series of near-flawless performances this year.
His supremacy and Red Bull's consistency has enabled them to wrap up both 2011 titles long before arriving at the state-of-the-art Yas Marina circuit for the only F1 race in the Middle East this year.
As a result, the spotlight will be on Alonso's bid to snatch second place in the title race from Jenson Button of McLaren and Mark Webber of Red Bull. Alonso will also hope he and Ferrari team-mate Brazilian Felipe Massa can help the tifosi forget last year's embarrassing flop.
Barrichello puts his trust in Williams
Rubens Barrichello hopes he can convince Williams to keep him on next season even though former champion Kimi Raikkonen has appeared on the radar as a potential rival.
The 39-year-old Brazilian, who has started more races than any driver in the history of the sport, suggested on Thursday that some of the speculation about possible replacements was wide of the mark in any case.
"There are a lot of talks. I believe they (Williams) are talking the truth to me, and the truth is that the rumours are much bigger than the reality," he told reporters at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Rosberg commits future to Mercedes
Nico Rosberg on Thursday confirmed he has committed his future to Mercedes after signing a contract that ties him to the team until 2013 - and keeps him alongside Michael Schumacher next year.