25 July 2011
Alonso: I need help from McLaren
Fernando Alonso says he will need help from former team McLaren if he is to stand a chance of winning the F1 title
Fernando Alonso insists that he is in a good position for the remainder of the F1 season although he admits that he will need help from former team McLaren if he is to stand any chance of lifting a third successive title.
Alonso took his third successive top two finish with second place in Germany and has now scored more points than anyone else in the last three races as Ferrari continues to take steps forward with its 150° Italia.
Although he remains 86 points behind championship leader Sebastian Vettel heading into the second half of the season, Alonso remains hopeful of challenging for the title but he admitted that he will need help from his former employers to take the fight to Red Bull.
“Maybe today they had some difficulties in one of the areas but I think they are still very, very quick,” he said in reference to the championship leaders after Vettel failed to finish inside the top two for the first time this year. “They were on pole position yesterday, they are by far the favourites for Budapest so after this race it still doesn't change anything compared to yesterday. For sure, we have a small chance to recover the gap in the championship if we do races like today, if we are on the podium and he isn't.
“We need the best possible performance from our team and in my case, we need the best McLaren performance as well. We need to see the McLarens very, very strong and taking points from Red Bull.”
Alonso added that his performance in Germany, coming after front-running displays in Valencia and at Silverstone, showed that Ferrari is now in a position to challenge in all conditions although the Spaniard said the Scuderia isn't yet on terms with Red Bull.
“Second in Valencia, first at Silverstone, and second here with three different rules, three different [engine] maps - we are constantly first or second in the last three races, with three different type of circuits,” he said. “Silverstone is a very high-speed circuit, Valencia has heavy braking, Nurburgring has its slow-speed corners and there were different kind of temperatures. Valencia hot, here nearly winter temperatures. With all these conditions we saw our consistency and it puts us in a very good position to enjoy this final part of the championship.
“It seems that one weekend is good for us in terms of Silverstone, the characteristics of the corners or whatever. This weekend seems good for McLaren, for whatever reason, but Red Bull is always there. It seems that all conditions on most circuits are good for them, so that's the only difference and I think we need to make another step if we want to be at the same level.”
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