Alonso expecting close points battle

By on Saturday, July 19, 2014
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Fernando Alonso is expecting a close battle with some of Ferrari's rivals during Sunday's German Grand Prix, although the Spaniard admits that it could be a tough race for the Italian outfit.

Alonso qualified in seventh place at a circuit where he has not been beaten since 2008.

"I think, in front of us, the Williams and Mercedes are too quick for us to fight with them," he said.

"But Red Bull, Force India and McLaren are beatable. Behind us, there are some threats as I think [Jenson] Button is starting 11th with a new set of tyres, so he will be very quick in the race looking at [Kevin] Magnussen in qualifying.

"And there is no doubt that [Lewis] Hamilton will quickly arrive at us in the race and will quickly pass us, so it won't be an easy race, but we have to manage in the best way possible."

Alonso does not, however, believe that the removal of FRIC suspension has aided Ferrari.

"[It] has done nothing to be honest," he said.

"I think the performance gap we have to the leaders is the same, we have the same balance issues through the year and nearly identical set-up for this race compared to earlier Grands Prix, so we came here thinking there were some possibilities for the set-up without the FRICS but ended up with exactly he same car as the last race.

"I don't think it is affecting things too much and what I hear from other teams is the same thing, with nothing dramatically changing on the car."

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