Fernando Alonso has warned Ferrari that it will have to produce a perfect weekend if it is to fight for victory in the Italian Grand Prix.
Alonso won the race last season in what was his first appearance at Monza in front of the tifosi
, although the Spaniard goes into the race this year well aware that Ferrari has work to do if he is to come out on top of the pile for the second time this season.
With his only victory so far this year coming at Silverstone, Alonso arrives at Monza eager to add to his win tally but he said anything less than perfection wouldn't be good enough to beat Red Bul and McLaren.
"We have to be perfect if we want to be at the front," Alonso was quoted by the BBC
. "All of us [at Ferrari] will make an extra effort this weekend. It will be another close battle.
"There is a special motivation this weekend for all of us. The mechanics and engineers have their families in the grandstands here in Monza. There is extra care in the things we do and we want everything to be perfect from practice to Sunday.”
Alonso again insisted that Ferrari's aim for the remainder of the season was simply on trying to win as many races as possible, with Sebastian Vettel some 102 points ahead in the championship and with only 175 still to play for.
"This year, there are seven races to go,” he said. “We want to win races, no doubt, but we are also very realistic [about the title].
"We know we were not very competitive in the last grand prix and the updates in the cars will be minimal from all the teams now so we will all remain similar so it will be track-to-track and luck.
"Let's see how we go in Monza; the target for the weekend is to do well and to make the grandstands again enjoy the show."