Alonso: Red Bull has the better car, Ferrari the better team

By on Saturday, October 13, 2012

Fernando Alonso has said that he has strong faith in his Ferrari team ahead of the Korean Grand Prix.

The championship leader qualified in fourth place at the Korean International Circuit, two places behind his main rival Sebastian Vettel.

"You can see that our car is better suited to this track, given that it is basically the same one we raced in Japan. We must improve it and I expect to see some updates coming, right from the next race in India", he said.

Alonso added that he did all he needed to do in Q1 and was slow for a reason.

"My second run in Q1? I was being very careful not to wear out the tyres too much because I knew I’d be using them later in Q2", he said.

Alonso stressed that his sole aim is to finish ahead of Vettel, something he has achieved only once in the previous five events.

"I think tomorrow we can have a good race: maybe I might lose a few places immediately after the start, as I’m on the dirty side of the track, but we have shown we have a good pace over a long run and so we should be able to stay with the lead group. Our aim tomorrow? It’s very simple: to finish ahead of Vettel".

"What edge does the Red Bull have? A quicker car, but we have the better team".

Team mate Felipe Massa, who finished on the podium in Suzuka, rued a minor error in Q3.

"I made a few small mistakes that maybe cost me one or two places, but all in all, sixth place is definitely not a disaster", he said.

Massa also downplayed the prospect of Romain Grosjean causing problems at the start.

"We have to come up with a good strategy, trying to get the best out of the tyres that don’t appear to wear out much here. The first corner is very tight here and we hope we can get a normal start. Grosjean starting near me? I think he understands how he must behave so I’m not particularly concerned".


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