Fernando Alonso has admitted that he is willing to take more risks during the remainder of the F1 season in an attempt to repeat his victory in the British Grand Prix.
The Spaniard secured a first win of the year for both himself and Ferrari at Silverstone but still sits 92 points behind championship leader Sebastian Vettel.
Although there is still half of the season to go, Alonso admits he needs to remain realistic as far as the championship title in concerned but said he would continue to push hard to keep Ferrari on the top of the podium.
“This win won't change our approach to the coming races,” the Spaniard said. “We have to be realistic, because we are 92 points behind in the classification and that is a very big gap! We will tackle the races one at a time, trying to win as many as possible. This will also involve taking a few more risks and maybe it will happen that we pay a high price for that, but there is no alternative.
“We are definitely not giving up, but we must not think about the championship: as Montezemolo said yesterday in Maranello, we are keeping our feet on the ground.”
Alonso's success came on a weekend where Ferrari introduced a range of improvements onto its car, with the double champion playing down the impact of changes to the blown diffuser rules for the Silverstone weekend.
“Each race has its own story and we know only too well how much things can change when you go from one track to another,” he said. “There were definitely some major improvements on the car, which mean it feels much easier to drive now and you can feel it much more stuck to the ground than before, especially in the fast corners. That means it's got more aerodynamic downforce, which was the area where we trailed our main rivals the most.
“However, I don't think the changes to the engine mapping were a factor: we were quicker specifically at the part of the track where you practically don't have to brake, which means it is the actual car that is going well.”