Alonso accepts Ferrari's rivals faster

By on Saturday, October 11, 2014
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Fernando Alonso has accepted that Ferrari's rivals were simply faster during qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom.

Alonso qualified in eighth place for the race - but will start from seventh on the grid as a result of Kevin Magnussen's grid penalty.

"Today’s qualifying was more difficult than usual, or at least more complicated compared to the last two race weekends, when we had been able to fight with the front runners," he said.

"So far here, we have not been competitive, even though the car seems okay and on the set-up front, we’ve changed almost nothing. We can’t single out any particular bad point because we are losing in all the sectors.

"The truth is just that the cars ahead of us were quicker. Here, the grip seems to improve with every lap and on top of that, reducing the pit lane speed to 60 km/h all points to a one-stop strategy.

"Even if the Safety Car could mix things up a bit, I think tomorrow, the start and the first corner could define the outcome of the race, and so we must prepare to tackle the early stages as well as possible."

Team-mate Kimi Raikkonen will line-up behind him in eighth place.

"After a difficult Friday, things went better today, the car has improved a lot thanks to a series of changes that worked and we had a good pace," he said.

"Sure, we can’t claim to have ended up where we would have liked, but compared to the start of the weekend, we have made a step forward and this makes me confident for the race. Today, it wasn’t easy to put a quick lap together because I still have some difficulties with the front end, especially in the final sector, but tomorrow we will try our hardest to be in the game and make up some places."


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