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F1 British Grand Prix: Not possible for Ferrari to win this year - Alonso

Fernando Alonso says Ferrari is unlikely to win an F1 race this season
Fernando Alonso has admitted that he doesn't think it will be possible for the Scuderia to win a race this season.

Alonso has managed just one podium so far in F1 2014 – when he was third in China – and when asked about his prospects of sneaking a victory, the Spaniard was pessimistic about his chances.

“If I am honest with you I will say no, it is not possible to win this year. Inside that is what I think,” he told reporters, including Crash.net, ahead of this weekend's British Grand Prix.

“But I thought that in 2011 [too], that it was not possible to win a race, and we won here at Silverstone. So, anything can happen.

“We will try to do the best we can and if one opportunity arrives we will take it and win a race.

"But it is extremely difficult, I think, with the performance we are showing and the development we will have to have with this year's car to be able to win a race.”

As for what he and the team needs to do now for next year in order to ensure they come out fighting and can challenge for the titles in 2015, Alonso said there are three things they 'must do'.

“One is we must score [more] points this year. If we don't score [more] points this year and we finish sixth or seventh in the Constructors' Championship that will hurt the team for next year because of the economic prize,” he explained.

“Second is to test this year, especially on Friday's, parts for next year's car that could be experimental and we need to learn about those.

“Third is to work very close with the team at Maranello. I go on Sunday night to Maranello and spend all week in the simulator. There is no time now to relax, there is time to work.

“These are the things we need and the things from my side [that I need] probably are the teams respect and to deliver.”

“Definitely we need to have the maximum effort, the maximum concentration and the maximum teamwork to improve the car for next year,” he added.

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22.06.2014- Race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22 leads Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
22.06.2014- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
21.06.2014- Qualifying, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
21.06.2014- Free Practice 3, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
21.06.2014- Free Practice 3, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T leads Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10 and Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
20.06.2014- Free Practice 2, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
22.06.2014- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T

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July 03, 2014 6:19 PM

rob01, It's highly debatable that Alonso had the car to win in any of his seasons with Ferrari. What is a fact is that Vettel had the car to win in all those years. You don't have to mince words, just say Alonso lost two championships for Ferrari if that is what you think.


July 04, 2014 9:45 AM

Not sure what to make of his comment on "needing the teams respect" - he is their no. 1 driver and has arguably made Ferrari look better than they deserved over the last couple of years. If that hasn't earned him their respect, it definitely is time to look elsewhere.

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