Fernando Alonso admits that Ferrari
'were not good enough' in 2013 as the Spaniard starts to turn his focus towards trying to dethrone Sebastian Vettel
and Red Bull
The Spaniard started the season well with two wins in the first five races but then dropped away from his title rival as Ferrari
lost out in the mid-season development race.
It means the 32-year-old will have to wait to try and add to the two championship titles he secured during his time with Renault
but he said he was optimistic about what can be achieved next year after a tough 2013.
“Well it was a strange championship,” he told Sky Sports
. “At the beginning of the year we started with a good package that we were able to win two of the first five races with and we were looking competitive. Then after that obviously Red Bull
dominated the rest of the season and they became champions again. So I understand the frustration from the fans and it is the same for us because we want to win, we are competitive people and this year we were not good enough.
"We are getting some new names into the technical staff with James Allision and some other staff that I think will strengthen the team and help with the performance. The wind tunnel in Maranello is opening again this month after being closed for a year, so things will be a little more comfortable for the team to deliver the package that we need.
"With the changes we have made to the team, plus the facilities that are improving in Maranello, we are more optimistic than in previous years."
Despite conceding that he had underachieved at points in his career to date, Alonso added that he remained happy with his performance during his time in F1 and said he would 'give an arm' to add to his championship tally next year.
"I am happy with the performance and the two championships I got and they will remain there all my life and I can tell my kids one day that I won two championships in F1 - hopefully more,” he said. “I was very proud before, I am still proud now, but I am still hungry to win more.
"A third championship is quite an ambitious target to have, to be the same as Senna. To get a championship with Ferrari
would be something bigger for me in terms of recognition, in terms of happiness, in terms of proudness for me, for my family, so that is the main thing for next year."