Alonso: Ferrari must out develop its rivals

Fernando Alonso is banking on Ferrari out developing its rivals to propel himself back into this year’s championship hunt.

Following a disastrous weekend in Turkey, which saw Ferrari well off the pace of McLaren and Red Bull, Alonso slipped to fourth in the drivers’ standings – fourteen points behind Mark Webber.

As a result, the Spaniard believes that the next couple of races are crucial for Ferrari and is hopeful that the Scuderia’s aggressive development programme will pay dividends.

“In Istanbul we were not quick enough and we have to react immediately.” the 28-year-old wrote on his blog on Ferrari’s website.

“The championship is still wide open with everything to play for. I am fourth in the classification, fourteen points off the leader and if the old points system still applied, the difference would be just four. However, it’s clear we need to make a jump forward in terms of developing the car. Over the first four races, we matched the pace of our main rivals, but since we have been back in Europe, that is no longer the case.”

“When I was racing against Ferrari, I admired its ability to react, producing probably the best development during the season. The people are the same now, so there is no reason why the same thing cannot happen this year: I trust our team and, above all, I trust in the will to win that every last one of us shares.

“For Valencia, we will have a major update package which should see us make a good step forward, but I believe that already in Canada, we will have a different situation. The Montreal circuit will be better suited to the characteristics of the F10 and I think we will definitely be more competitive.”