Fernando Alonso gave the Spanish crowd something to cheer on Sunday when he chased down and passed team mate Kimi Raikkonen to finish sixth, but the result was far below the expectations of both the former champion and his fans.
Alonso, who ran a three-stop strategy, was 87 seconds behind winner Lewis Hamilton at the flag.
“Obviously we would like to be first and second, but we were not quick enough today,” he said afterwards. “In fact they nearly lapped us, so that’s not what we want. But at least we had some action and we put some show at the last moment for the fans.”
Alonso admits it won’t be easy to make progress.
“It’s going to be tough. We said on Thursday that the China podium was a little bit of a combination of things that helped us, and we were not in a position to fight for a podium. Today we confirmed unfortunately that feeling, and we need to raise our game. We are not quick enough at the moment. Everyone seems to bring some new parts to the races, and we’re struggling to catch up. We need to bring some next time.”
Regarding the need to focus on aerodynamics or the power unit, he said: “Both, we need to work all areas. I don’t think there is only one part that we need to improve and that’s it. We need to be more efficient, and we need to have better aero performance, we need to have better power. So many things to do.”
2 responses to “Fernando Alonso: “We need to raise our game…””
‘Raise our game’ is a gracious understatement, when you’re in 5th place and your team mate is in 6th place and he gets lapped by Hamilton in the Mercedes you have quite a problem with pace. Kimi’s car was all over the place, they do indeed need to work on the aero, even if they did get more power they might not be able to make use of it.
Hi Adam, do you want to comment on the teammate battle the team had in Spain?
A biased forum poster postulated the following post-race:
“1. Give more HP to Alonso by cheating with KERS: Check
2. Undercut Kimi despite having Alonso 2nd: Check
3. Give the superior strategy to Alonso: Check
4. Sabotage Kimi with used tires on a 22-lap stint : Check”
Did Ferrari top brass want Fernando come out on top in Spain? Did they act on it?