Fernando Alonso says that Ferrari must start reducing the gap to Red Bull if they are to have any hopes of beating the reigning world champions to second place this season.
Ferrari is currently in third place in the Constructors' championship but has slipped 62 points behind their rivals, with Williams now just three points behind the Italian team.
"Being realistic, this will be another tough weekend, with hot temperatures and running the Soft and Supersoft tyres automatically means tyre management will be necessary in these temperatures," Alonso said ahead of this weekend's German Grand Prix.
"In past races where it was hot, we were not so competitive. Here we have some new parts and hopefully they will bring us some performance. Our target is to beat some of our main competitors from second to fifth in the Constructors’ championship, where it is very tight and will be to the very end of the season.
"We need to reduce the gap to Red Bull and increase it if we can to Williams and McLaren, that are becoming very strong. I think it will be interesting. I have won three times at Hockenheim, twice at the Nurburging [European GPs] every time we come to Germany we seem to have a good weekend, so let’s hope we continue that trend this weekend."
Alonso, who has a contract with Ferrari to the end of 2016, dismissed speculation that he could be searching for a move elsewhere.
"Every year now I get asked this question in July, maybe since I started in 2003," he said.
"I haven’t talked with any other team and it’s not my priority. We have to score some good points this weekend and get some good results this year."