Fernando Alonso has said he can make no promises about what he might achieve this weekend on home soil.
Alonso and Ferrari have had a tough start to the 2012 F1 season and while the Spaniard did put in a great drive to make the most of the wet conditions to triumph in Malaysia, he knows it is going to take time for them to get back on terms with the likes of Red Bull Racing and McLaren.
“I can promise them nothing,” he told reporters today in the Spanish GP pre-event press conference, when asked what he can do for his home fans. “As always we will give 100 percent, but F1 is not mathematics, it is a sport.
“We will try our best, work hard on every detail and hopefully get the best result possible.”
“Our car though is not really very different to before,” he added. “We don't have big improvements although we do have some new parts. At Mugello during the test we mainly worked on trying different set-ups and other things we were not able to work on during pre-season testing, so it was a case of completing our winter work. Some of the things we tried in Mugello worked well, others less so.”
Despite that, however, Alonso does think the Scuderia is in a better place than it was at the start of the year. He also added that the updates for Barcelona are just the start.
“We are definitely better prepared now than we were before Australia. We have some new aero parts and other updates, but we will have to wait and see where we are after the race,” he continued. “Because we are Ferrari, there seem to be a lot of expectations, but the other teams have also developed their cars.
“What we have here in Barcelona is not the last step and we must continue to improve our performance for qualifying and the race in Monaco, in Canada and the following races.
“This is just the first step of many and if it is not enough, then we must work harder for Monaco and be even more aggressive. We will never give up in May, after just four races!”