Fernando Alonso has called on Ferrari to bring 'something more significant' to the final three races.
The Spaniard had to settle for fifth place in qualifying for the 2012 F1 Indian Grand Prix, and while he insisted he was not 'concerned nor demotivated', he did add that it was 'impossible' for them to take the fight to Red Bulls and McLarens. Indeed his best lap in Q3 was a 1 minute 25.773 seconds, which left him almost half a second off pole sitter and championship rival, Sebastian Vettel.
“We tried to get the most out of what we had, but there was no way we could be ahead of the Red Bulls and McLarens,” Alonso remarked after qualifying at the Buddh International Circuit.
“In the end, fifth place is not so bad, because it would have been easy to end up even further back if anything had gone wrong.
“Clearly, finishing ahead of Red Bull is our aim, but today it was impossible to fight them, at least in qualifying: when we had a similar car, it was possible to fight with Vettel and we have even been ahead of them, but now we are fighting against [Adrian] Newey [Red Bull, technical director] and, at the moment we cannot match him.
“We brought some updates here which have worked as we expected, but the others have also improved over these past two weeks: it's down to us to bring something more significant for the final three races.”
Looking to Sunday's race though, Alonso hasn't given up hope: “I am not concerned nor demotivated, because I know that things can change very quickly and that high spirits on Saturday can easily turn to sadness on Sunday,” he added. “We must try and make up places on the first lap and try to put pressure on our main rivals, ensuring they don't have an easy race.
“There are sixty laps to work with and we will need to tackle each one as if it's qualifying, by attacking.
“Clearly I hope I can soon have a more competitive car to try and fight them on equal terms on Saturday and not just on Sunday. I definitely am not the sort to give up though, and that's my real advantage."
Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali meanwhile echoed those sentiments and also promised that the Prancing Horse will keep on fighting.
“We were hoping to be able to start from the second row: that was our target. We didn't manage it and that will make our race more complicated but it does not mean we have given up hope, far from it,” Domenicali continued.
“As usual, tomorrow's race will be long and tough on a track where overtaking is possible and where maybe, we could witness some different strategy choices to usual. Yesterday, we saw our race pace was reasonably good, but the others certainly didn't seem to be lagging behind in this respect. Reliability, teamwork in the pits and on the pit wall, the start: the deciding factors will be the usual ones. We know it's going to be hard but we will do our utmost to bring home a good result which will allow us to keep pursuing our objectives for the season,” he concluded.