Fernando Alonso is optimistic of a good result at Silverstone this weekend although the Spaniard admits that the new-look layout at the Northamptonshire circuit may not be well-suited to Ferrari's F10.
Alonso heads for the British GP eager to continue the run of success enjoyed by Spanish sportsmen in recent weeks, with the nation's football team having reached the World Cup semi-finals, Rafael Nadal having won Wimbledon and Jorge Lorenzo having taken a dominant MotoGP win at Catalunya.
While the double champion admits that the new Arena circuit may not be ideally suited to Ferrari, he remains optimistic of being able to fight towards the front with no-one knowing where they really stand until the cars hit the track for the first time.
“At Silverstone, we will discover a circuit whose final section has been modified,” he said. “Along with the engineers, we have spent these few days studying all the characteristics of the new track layout, analysing the available information, including watching the motorcycle races held there a few weeks ago.
“On Thursday morning, again with my engineers, we will inspect the track to see everything in detail, looking especially for bumps on the racing line. The track seems reasonably similar to the way it was, with a lot of very fast corners, which will not suit us that much. However, it's a fact that the configuration of the F10 seen in Valencia should give us a boost in these quick corners, so it is best to wait and see where we will be: I remain optimistic. Then, there is always a chance of rain playing its part at Silverstone.
“I would be very surprised to have a completely dry weekend and we will be ready to tackle any situation that comes our way.”
Alonso added that further upgrades would be added onto the F10 this weekend at the start of what is a crucial run of races in the fight for the title.
“It is a crucial moment in the season, with three races coming up in the space of four weeks,” he said. “We are ready, both on the technical front and physically. In Valencia, we introduced significant updates on the F10 and there will be more in Silverstone and the races after that.
“The development programme is intensive and I think we will see it produce results. We have also prepared very carefully from the physical point of view, given that the next events are all very close and one needs to be at a hundred per cent all the time.”