Fernando Alonso believes that Red Bull Racing is still 'definitely a bit ahead in terms of performance'.
Alonso heads into the German Grand Prix this weekend still leading the way in the battle for the F1 2012 drivers' championship. However after seeing his cushion cut following Mark Webber's win last time out at Silverstone, with the Aussie slashing the gap from 20 points to 13, he is mindful the Scuderia is still playing catch up.
Indeed he has insisted that he will approach the Hockenheim event in the same way as usual, with a view to 'maximising what is in his hands'.
“Things are more or less the same as the last four or five grand's prix,” he told Ferrari's official website in the countdown to the tenth round in the championship. “Whoever is leading the championship is not a big factor at the moment because everything is changing so quickly, positions in the weekends are never the same and it's always a bit of a mix.
“So I'm approaching this grand prix in the same way, trying to maximise what we have in our hands and trying to test some new updates on the car which we hope will work.
“It's true that Red Bull have perhaps been quicker than everybody not just in the last two or three races but ever since Bahrain. They missed pole position in Barcelona and Silverstone but the rest of the poles have all been Red Bull. So they are definitely a bit ahead in terms of performance and we need to catch up.”
Alonso though, has been very happy with his form this year and believes he is probably driving the best he ever has now.
“In F1 you are probably a better driver every year because you improve and you constantly learn from mistakes,” he said.
“But it's true that this championship has been good for us so far. I remember a mistake in Q2 in Australia where I touched the grass in Turn 1 and I spun. But apart from that mistake I probably wouldn't change too many things about what I've done so far. This is good news because there are always mistakes here and there so I'm quite pleased with my performance.”
Alonso also added that he feels very fit: “Physically it's my best year so far. In previous years I've had to race with pain, whether it's in my leg or my shoulder, but so far this year it has been 100 percent in every race,” he continued. “Hopefully it will stay like this. Obviously a driver's life is not normal as we don't go to an office for eight hours so we wake up and have four or five hours of training. That's something I enjoy but yes, so far I've been in the best condition of my career.”