Belgium

Last Race: 24th Aug Belgium

Belgium GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Daniel Ricciardo
2 Nico Rosberg
3 Valtteri Bottas

Story Tools

Alonso laments lack of competitiveness

Saturday 21st September 2013

Share:

Alonso laments lack of competitiveness

Alonso laments lack of competitiveness

Fernando Alonso says Ferrari will not throw in the towel despite a slugging start to the Singapore Grand Prix weekend.

The Scuderia failed to shine at the Marina Bay circuit on Friday night, soundly beaten by the Red Bull and Mercedes drivers.

While Championship leader Sebastian Vettel topped the timesheets with a 1:44.249, Alonso could only manage a best time of 1:45.691 on the supersoft tyres.. That put him 1.442s off the pace and down in sixth place.

And although the double World Champion concedes Ferrari face a massive task closing the gap, he insists the Scuderia won't give up.

"We can't say this was a good start, because we weren't competitive, but if we consider that last year, at the end of a difficult weekend we managed to get on the podium, we definitely aren't throwing in the towel yet," he said.

"We have yet to analyse the data, but we certainly have to be realistic, because when you have one car in sixth place and the other in fifteenth, it's clearly not the result we were hoping for, without taking into consideration the updates we have brought for this race.

"Now, we have a lot of work to do to find the right set-up and the best strategy. Then we will need to put in a very good qualifying lap and attack from start to finish in the race.

"However, we know that won't be easy because on tracks which require high downforce, we suffer more and, just as in Hungary, apart from the fact that Mercedes seem to be on a par with Red Bull here, there are others who also look strong, like Lotus and McLaren."

It's Go, Go, Go In Belgium

Editor's Picks

Winners and Losers: Spa

Winners and Losers: Spa

Daniel Ricciardo made it two on the trot thanks to Nico Rosberg's one-man campaign at wrecking Mercedes' challenge...

Stand-Out Moments In 2014

Stand-Out Moments In 2014

Stuff the critics, Andrew Davies thinks this has been an outstanding year of F1 and delivers his 10 magnificent moments...

What Will Alonso Do Next?

What Will Alonso Do Next?

Fernando Alonso is well known for his love of magic, but he needs to pull a rabbit out of a hat very quickly...

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

The season may be underway but you can still enter the PlanetF1 Fantasy League and win prizes on a race-by-race basis...

Not The F1 News: Rain Radar

Not The F1 News: Rain Radar

Eric Boullier and the McLaren team are receiving more training from the weather satellite company, UBIMET...