25 June 2012
Alonso: We still need to work
Fernando Alonso insists that Ferrari still needs to work on its F2012 before he will believe he is a championship contender.
Despite becoming the first driver to win two races in the 2012 F1 world championship, Fernando Alonso is wary about talking up his chances of landing a third title.
The Spaniard took full advantage of the retirements of Sebastian Vettel and Romain Grosjean to move from eleventh to fist in the European Grand Prix, while Lewis Hamilton's late collision with Pastor Maldonado allowed Alonso to extend his points lead to 20, now with Red Bull's Mark Webber in second place.
However, aware that the development of the Scuderia's F2012 has not been easy, despite its two wins in Malaysia and Valencia, Alonso is trying not to get too carried away with his position in the standings, knowing that, under F1's latest scoring system, his advantage could easily be pegged back. With Hamilton's late DNF, the Spaniard is now the only driver to have finished in the points at each of the season's eight rounds, but he knows that he could easily be the big loser next time out.
"I think we always need to be cautious and we always need to be honest with ourselves and with our supporters, saying that we will fight, work day and night to be competitive, and to fight for the title, which is the ultimate goal for Ferrari," he told journalists, "Any championship in which we participate, the championship should be the target, regarding the history and the level of the team.
"But, yesterday, we were P11 and P13, so we still need to work. It's true that we believe and we will never give up, we will have confidence in ourselves and we will arrive with optimism at every grand prix we go to. But, at the same time, apart from winning today or finishing sixth today, we know that we are not in the position that we want to be and there are a few cars quicker than us. We cannot be blind to that. We need to work."
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