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Alonso: Ferrari in a battle for second

Tuesday 13th May 2014

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Alonso: Ferrari in a battle for second

Alonso: Ferrari in a battle for second

Fernando Alonso has admitted that there is no way for Ferrari to catch Mercedes in the Constructors' Championship and that finishing second is now their objective.

The two-time Drivers' Championship winner and his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen finished in sixth and seventh during in last weekend's Spanish Grand Prix, where Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg completed their fourth consecutive one-two finish of the year.

Such has been Mercedes' dominance so far this year, they look a sure bet to lift the title after only five races of the season.

"We need to do better. Mercedes is out of reach, but we have potential to catch the other teams so second position is our target," Alonso told Autosport.

"The race was difficult, the weekend has been difficult in general with a lack of grip and balance in the car; there were new parts on the car so we had a difficult weekend."

"We cannot be happy with finishing so far behind the leaders.

"In a way we've had this situation since the first races, because we finished a minute behind the leaders with some safety cars.

"Here we didn't have safety cars so this minute was [actually] a minute and a half."

After Sunday's disappointing race in Barcelona, Ferrari have now gone a year without a race victory and are rank outsiders to win the Constructors' Championship at popular bookmaker Paddy Power.

"Unfortunately it's been a lot of time; we haven't been able to fight for wins in the last 12 months and we want to do better," he added.

"It will probably not happen soon as we got lapped here, so when we arrive in Monaco we probably won't be in a position to win.

"We need to concentrate and work on every area of the car and make it stronger."

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