Fernando Alonso says that Ferrari must not make any mistakes if they are to pull off a strong result at the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday.
Alonso qualified in seventh place for his home event at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
"This wasn’t a good qualifying session, but the outcome was more or less what we could have expected on a difficult weekend, especially in terms of grip, not just for us but for all the teams," he said.
"I’d definitely have liked to be starting from further up, but that’s how it went today, we weren’t quick enough and now we must think about tomorrow and try to make up some places to score as many points as possible. Of the updates we brought here, some worked, while others need further testing.
"There is a definite improvement compared to China, but we have some problems with the rear, despite the many set-up changes we made. Kimi [Raikkonen] did very well and I hope that both Ferraris can finish higher up. Now we must find the best strategy for tomorrow and try to get a good start. But above all, we mustn’t make any mistakes, because this race demands a high level of concentration."
Raikkonen echoed comments made by his Ferrari team-mate.
"We can’t be pleased with sixth place, because naturally we want to be fighting for the top places," he said. "But compared to the last race, we have managed to solve some problems and have improved the feeling I have from the car. Yesterday, the long run went well and, in general, we did a good job, but there is still much more to do, because we are not yet as fast as we would like to be.
"Tomorrow, the goal is to get a good start and then have a normal race. Of course, we will also need a good strategy and we will have to keep an eye on our tyre management. It won’t be easy, but we are definitely going to fight."