HOCKENHEIM, 19th July 2014 (F1Plus / Graham Keilloh) - Fernando Alonso admitted that his seventh place won on the Hockenheim starting grid today merely reflects where he and the team are in the pecking order right now.
“No, I think it’s just the level we have now with this car” he said, “we need to be ready for every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday until November.
"The car will be the same and opponents will be the same so I don’t think there is any big changes there,
"we just need to adapt to every circuit the best we can, playing around with the set-up, playing around with the characteristics of the circuit, the temperatures.”
Alonso was also keen not to get too far ahead in terms of Ferrari’s competitive prospects for 2015 – a day after technical director James Allison had confirmed that the technical plans for next season had been discussed with him and his team mate Kimi Raikkonen.
“This is my 14th year in Formula One, so I’ve saw many projects in July and August," he said.
“After 14 years (there have been) many presentations that I saw and in August everyone is very very competitive, November even more, and January super, and in February only two or three are able to win.”
But he remained upbeat: “You should have a goal to see what is going to happen next year, everything remains to be seen, but there are good prospects and good feelings at the moment, with the performance that we can achieve next year, that’s our aim to keep improving, and try to use this year in the best way possible.
“There is a lot of room to improve, it’s not like other years where everything was more or less on the limit. I think the step between 2014 and 2015 cars will be a lot bigger than what we saw in the past.”
Alonso also suggested that he hopes for cooler temperatures tomorrow.
“Maybe cooler temperatures this year seems to have an effect on us, being a little bit more competitive. Plus I think James (Allison) said yesterday we have a lot of tyre degradation especially at the rear as we spin the tyres with the lack of downforce. So when it’s a hot track temperature this effect is a little bit bigger.
“In a qualifying situation with new tyres you mask some of the problems with the heat of the tyres so I expect tomorrow to be a little bit tougher than the performance we showed today.”
He was hopeful more broadly of being able to fight tomorrow.
“Williams and Mercedes probably are too quick…but Red Bull, Force India, McLaren, they are beatable so we can fight with them.”