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Alonso calls for 'immediate reaction' to Turkish woes

Fernando Alonso has implored his Ferrari team to act with haste in order to find the developments it needs to again be rivalling McLaren and Red Bull.

Fernando Alonso has said that he believes Ferrari can a factor in the Canadian Grand Prix in two weekends' time, provided the Scuderia finds a swift response to the problems that rendered it an also ran in Turkey.

While Felipe Massa converted eight on the grid into seventh at the chequered flag, Alonso climbed from the outside of row six to claim fourth points for eighth place at the finish, and admitted that the result was hardly a fitting celebration for Ferrari's 800th grand prix appearance.

"The Turkish Grand Prix was, without doubt, the worst event of the season," the Spaniard confirmed, "Our performance level was simply not competitive compared to McLaren and Red Bull and, in qualifying, we even struggled against teams that, up until now, were behind us. I wasn't able to get to Q3 and that compromised my race - when you start from twelfth, there is not much you can do."

While offering no reason for being unable to improve his lap time on two flying efforts at the end of Q2, Alonso insisted that he did all he could to salvage some points from a track that had yielded three wins in as many races for team-mate Massa in the past.

"On Sunday, I did what I could - it was a case of damage limitation and I think we succeeded in that," the double world champion claimed, "On the opening lap, I did not lose any places, which was not that easy given I was starting from the dirty side of the track, and, after that, I managed to get ahead of some cars thanks to a good pit-stop strategy.

"[However,] I was at the back of a train made up of the two Mercedes, the two Renaults and the two Ferraris. We all had more or less the same pace, so overtaking would have been very tricky. At first, I tried to look after the tyres to see if that would give me a chance in the final laps and, indeed, at the end, [Vitaly] Petrov was struggling more than me with his tyres and I made the most of it to overtake him four laps from the chequered flag."

Frustrated at being stuck behind the Russian rookie for so long, the move, when it came, saw the two cars made contact, removing Petrov from the points and hobbling Alonso's F10.

"It wasn't easy and, in the passing move, I damaged a wheel rim, but luckily I was able to finish the race without any problems, bringing home at least a few points," he noted, "I am sorry I was not able to celebrate Ferrari's 800th grand prix in a fitting way but, in Istanbul, we were not quick enough and we have to react immediately.

"The championship is still wide open with everything to play for. I am fourth in the classification, 14 points off the leader and, if the old points system still applied, the difference would be just four. However, it's clear we need to make a jump forward in terms of developing the car. Over the first four races, we matched the pace of our main rivals but, since we have been back in Europe, that is no longer the case.




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blabla - Unregistered

June 03, 2010 7:20 PM

@ The Legendary T.A. Oh please, do you believe that crap from the Britisch press? Where are the facts? Hamilton scored the same number of points as Alonso in 2007, no? So how could he have beaten him? Second, Alonso was far better than him in the 2nd part of the championship. ( Why?, because he took measures in the second part, he had to) You know what, they even sabotated his car. They betrayed him, that's it. They wanted Hamilton to win so badly. 2007 was Alonso's most impressive year if you ask me. The whole team worked against him, and still he managed to score the same points as hammy and fight for the championship. Talk is cheap, but do you really know what happened?

blzbub

June 03, 2010 7:55 PM

the f10 seemed to have a pretty good baseline at the start of the season, but development wise ferrari appear to have no idea of what they are doing, all alonso can do is give the team feedback on the cars behavior, last year they stopped developing the f60 from hungary, in what seemed like an attempt to leave raikkonen high and dry, mclaren on the other hand used the back end of the season races as a rolling test bed , that is where ferrari missed out and are paying the price now as they fall backwards into renault and kubica's clutches.



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