Fernando Alonso says it is important Kimi Raikkonen starts scoring more points for Ferrari to stop the team sliding down the constructors' championship.
So far this season, Alonso has scored 97 of Ferrari's 116 points as Raikkonen struggles to get to grips with the F14 T. With Raikkonen failing to score in Germany while Alonso was fifth, Williams – courtesy of second place from Valtteri Bottas – moved ahead of Ferrari in to third place in the constructors' standings.
Asked what the difference has been between himself and Raikkonen so far this year, Alonso replied: “I don't really have an opinion on that.
“Obviously the car is not great and we lack some downforce and traction. We had difficulties with braking at the first couple of races with brake-by-wire and other systems that we had new this year. Probably he was not feeling confident with the car and he was not totally happy with the balance.
“But at the moment we are not super happy with the performance, either him or me, and we try to keep improving to score more points because, especially with the constructors' championship, we are going backwards a little bit and we need to put both cars in the points as many times as possible.”
However, Alonso said the reliance in the team for direction was not focused on one driver more than the other, adding that Raikkonen is not looking to him for help.
“Definitely we work a lot together and the meetings are quite long this year because we have a lot of things to sort out after the races. We have been constantly making suggestions and comments about what we have on the track and try to help the engineers to transfer that to Maranello to translate those comments into ideas for the car.
“It's not a big change compared to the work I have done with Felipe [Massa] and any other team-mate, it's always a working relationship to try to help the team all the time.”