Alonso: We must hit back in Barcelona

Wed, 09 May 14:55:00 2012

Fernando Alonso insists Ferrari 'must turn things around' starting with the Spanish Grand Prix after a difficult start to the season.

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The Spaniard admits he has managed to limit the damage in the first four races of the year, starting the European season just 10 points behind championship leader Sebastian Vettel despite Ferrari having failed to deliver a competitive car.

Ferrari is introducing several updates in Barcelona this weekend in the hope of closing the gap to the top.

Alonso is expecting his team to take a step forward, although he concedes it is impossible to predict how big it will be.

"We will be counting on making a step forward, but we won't know until Saturday if we have and if so, how big a step it is," said Alonso in his blog on Ferrari's website.

"We have updates on the F2012, some of which we tested in Mugello last week and others which we will try out on Friday in free practice.

"Clearly, having limited the damage in the first four races this year, we must turn things around."

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The Spaniard says, however, that not managing to catch his rivals already in his home race will not be a drama as long as Ferrari continues making progress in the upcoming races.

"It's not the case that if we are not on pole in Barcelona then it's the end of the world... The important thing is to make progress, reducing the gap as much as possible, first this weekend, then again in Monaco and after that, in Montreal, Valencia, Silverstone

"The season is very long, with 16 races to go, the same number that constituted the entire calendar back in 2003."

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  1. that is it gazza. spoted on.

    From Kioto, on Thu 10 May 23:00
  2. First of all Alonso is a fantastic driver there's­ no doubting that,but having a poor team mate can't­ be helping the cause as Massa never pushes the car to­ the max.If you put Massa in a Redbull he would probably­ come in 8th every race if that.Ferrari need another­ good driver to push them further forward and can't­ rely on one driver every race for performance and­ technical feedback.Massa's glory days are over and­ it's time for another driver to get behind the­ wheel and boy are there some better drivers just­ waiting.

    From gazza, on Thu 10 May 11:20
  3. i wish alonso all the best for barcelona . hopefully­ all the new parts introduced to the car will work out­ for him and ferrari and he will make a significant step­ forwards there this season. its a shame that ferrari­ can not provided the best driver on the grid with a­ better car to start with and that he hase to struggle­ like he does each race to even get into the points!­ wake up ferrari!

    From Kioto, on Thu 10 May 4:35
  4. 'We must hit back in Barcelona' ?? This is­ actually a great idea , why not ?? go for it Fernando­ :))

    From , on Thu 10 May 4:05
  5. I fully believe if you put Alonso in an HRT he would­ find a way to score points

    From Scott, on Thu 10 May 2:08
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    Yes, Alponso, you will certainly hit back at the rear­ of Massa or even Schumaker if he is feeling sleepy!

    From In Just Over 60 Years TimeP, on Wed 9 May 23:06
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    Another grim weekend unless Alonso starts from pole....­ hehehehe. Not in that dog cart.

    From Red Ears, on Wed 9 May 21:12
  8. last year ferrari started 1.5 secs behind red bulls ­ and NEVER CAUGHT UP.this year they are over a seconb­ behind at least 3 teams who are developing as quick or­ quicker than ferrari (its easier when you start with­ aquick car) so i think alonso will be dissapointed

    From Simon, on Wed 9 May 21:09
  9. you will do just fine alonso. you have nothing to prove­ to anyone anymore. prooved and sealed! go for it! you­ are just simple the best today. do as you have being­ doing by maturing and letting everyonw know who you are­ in reality, that is all you needed to be the BIG ONE! i­ see thIis year the first 3rd world champ in ages at­ nf1!

    From Eden, on Wed 9 May 17:30
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