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GP Week : Issue 82
DESPITE some wonderfully aggressive driving this season, Fernando Alonso has come in for criticism that he's making too many mistakes at Ferrari. He won the opening round in Bahrain, but since then he came together with Michael Schumacher in Australia, got caught out by the weather in qualifying in Malaysia, and then jumped the start in China. And then there was qualifying in Monaco -- he could only watch from the garage. But as to his errors, Alonso snapped: "Do I think I've made too many mistakes this year? "In Barcelona, where I was maybe under the most pressure, I did my best qualifying lap and had my best race. "If, after 10 years in Formula One I still have to prove I do not feel pressure, then it's not worth talking about any more." Alonso at least held his hands up to his Saturday shunt that saw him hit the barrier at Massenet heading into Casino Square, which resulted in the loss of his right-front wheel. But the resultant damage came as a major surprise. "It was my mistake, but it was also very unlucky," he added. "With an impact at 90 (km/h), you don't normally write off a chassis. "Unfortunately the angle of impact with the barrier was such that the damage could not be repaired, and the rules don't let you use the spare chassis." Alonso snaps at his critics MONACO's annual Amber Fashion show raised over half a million Euros for the Elton John AIDS Foundation -- and most of it came from Heikki Kovalainen. The event took place that the Le Meridien Beach Plaza Hotel, hosted by Jake Humphrey and Victoria Silvsted. Various lots were sold, such as a tailored Missoni dress, a Chopard watch and a nice holiday in the Maldives, but they only received shrapnel compared to what the Finn put up for... nothing. Well not nothing, a lot as it happens, but nothing for his own personal gain. The auctioneer asked someone to donate 300,000 Euros to the charity and, if they did, Sir Elton would double that figure. Heikki's hand went up. The auctioneer had no idea he was an F1 driver. Heikki's generous wedge will fund 320 houses for homeless HIV sufferers in Cambodia. So Eddie Irvine, who was also in the audience, no longer owns the most houses of any F1 driver. Heikki amazes with generous donation 10