Alonso: This year Ferrari have the best chance to win the title

Fernando Alonso celebrates on the Barcelona podium

Fernando Alonso celebrates on the Barcelona podium

Spanish Grand Prix winner Fernando Alonso says he would happily forego another race victory this season so long as he took the title, but the Ferrari driver really has every chance of success on both fronts.

Sunday’s triumph at the Circuit de Catalunya is unlikely to be his last and the Spaniard is increasingly a favourite to add that elusive third title to his name by the end of the championship.

Asked whether he felt he now had his best shot of the title in four years with Ferrari, the 31-year-old – winner of two of the five races so far – nodded: “Probably yes, in terms of performance of the car.”

“We should have won the championship, I believe, in 2010,” he added, scratching the sore of a year when he arrived at the season-ending race in Abu Dhabi with a healthy lead over Red Bull‘s Sebastian Vettel only to lose everything through a botched strategy.

Fernando Alonso win in Spain

Fernando Alonso win in Spain

“Last year maybe we didn’t deserve it because we were one second off the pace but even with that we managed to fight until Brazil,” added the Spaniard of a season that saw him lose to Vettel by three points. “This year, we have in our hands a package that maybe is not the fastest, still not the fastest, but we are working on that. But definitely on Sundays it’s a very competitive team package, let’s say.”

Alonso qualified only fifth for his home race but roared past the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Lotus of Kimi Raikkonen on the first lap before taking the lead on lap 13 and winning on a four-stop strategy.

The winner of two titles with Renault is now third overall, 17 points behind leader Vettel – who finished fourth on Sunday after struggling with tyre wear – with 14 races to come. Raikkonen is 13 points ahead of Alonso.

Fernando Alonso Ferrari F138

Fernando Alonso Ferrari F138

“We are not the quickest over one lap, maybe we don’t set the fastest time in the race but we have fantastic strategy people, fantastic pitstops… we have many ingredients to have a competitive car to fight for the championship,” Alonso said. “In the four years in Ferrari, maybe it’s true that this is the one we feel more confident with, but we are not happy still with the performance of the car and we want to have a good and aggressive developing programme for the next race.”

Improving qualifying, without upsetting the race pace, will be the immediate priority for a team whose last driver’s title was with Raikkonen in 2007 and who last enjoyed constructors’ success a year later.

The next race is Monaco on May 26, where overtaking is extremely difficult and getting stuck in traffic is a routine hazard for those not starting at the fast end of the grid.

Mercedes have been on pole for the past three races, although their cars then eat the tyres for Sunday lunch and fade out of contention, and Alonso expected them to be quickest again in qualifying at Monaco.

“They will arrive as favourites for Monaco,” he warned. “It would be a surprise if they weren’t on pole position in Monaco. And it’s more difficult to overtake in Monaco, so maybe they can keep good positions for longer. It’s something we need to understand and we need to do a better job on Saturday, Felipe (Massa) and I, and Monaco is one of those places where we must do it.” (Reuters)

  • Not Bernie

    Ferrari have the quickest car on the grid; it’s finally quick enough with an average driver to show this. Previous seasons they’ve had that advantage too, but simply put the drivers aren’t able to show it’s potential to the full. There’s other drivers on the grid who’d do a better job.

    As for not being the quickest over a lap, didn’t Massa at one time have the fastest lap?

  • fools

    @not bernie

    your the same guy that said he wasnt going to win the race. stfu troll.

    avg driver? You must be mad bro… Funny how ignorant you are to say such. When the win was dominant 9.5 sec gap son WITH 4 STOPS! . You are mad bro. Very mad… :)

  • fools

    @not bernie

    “There’s other drivers on the grid who’d do a better job.”

    yes, like:

    -Vettel
    -LH
    -Nico
    -Button
    -Perez

    Anyone else? NOT! Clearly your ignorance shows quite well.

    Yet you never list them down…

    ALONSO FOR THE 2013 WDC! LETS GOOO

  • Butterfly

    Guys, “Not Bernie” is that Hungarian SOB visz963 a.k.a. alonso_is_slow. He’s just making stuff up, usually the most outrageous comment gets posted.

    He’s wasted, just ignore him.

  • Alonso_is_slow

    Vettel is racing against Pat Fry…

    …and he is still not backstabing his own team?

    looks like Alonso remains the dirtiest driver

    Massa would have beaten him given the same car….
    Hamilton has beaten him
    Vettel has made a clown of him

    like “not bernie” said Alonso is the biggest investment for Ferrari, and he can only win with the fastest car…. complete fail

    Alonso can only beat Vettel when Massa also beats Vettel

    “greatness” achieved.

  • Not Bernie

    @fools,
    yes, I was wrong. I thought Alonso would have put in a quick qualifying and dropped back during the race. Exactly what Mercedes did.

    What I hadn’t appreciated is how improved the Ferrari is. I’d said also how I believed it would be Ferrari’s year (they’ve had the fastest car in previous seasons, but Alonso isn’t the quickest driver). Now unless Red Bull or Lotus really improve then I’m convinced that Ferrari will win this year.

  • Butterfly

    We don’t really care whether you’re convinced of anything, you retard. You’re really brave here at YallaF1, attacking everybody.

    I wonder, are you getting bullied at school?

  • Steve

    He did not lose in 2010 through “botched strategy”. He lost due to his own mistakes and bad driving.

  • Steve

    “We don’t really care whether you’re convinced of anything, you retard. You’re really brave here at YallaF1, attacking everybody. ”

    Comical stuff there, Braterfly. It’s nice that you can take time out from attacking everybody else long enough to tell a few jokes.

  • Steve

    “We are not the quickest over one lap”

    Not the quickest drivers over one lap, that’s for sure. In the hands of a better driver that Ferrari would end up on pole fairly often.

  • Not Bernie

    “In the hands of a better driver that Ferrari would end up on pole fairly often.”

    Absolutely agree. All of their upgrades worked; it’s easily the fastest car. Shame about the driver.

  • Butterfly

    Oh, look, four troll posts in a row. I can imagine you guys having red faces with vanes sticking out of the neck like an evil character from a cartoon.

  • Hawk

    @Not Bernie is not mad; it is those who respond to him. surely, why would someone respond to that first comment? dont you think he is happier when you read his comments? just ignore for once and you will never see (I mean read) him again, because he would have rammed his head into the wall throwing a tantrum at the frustration of not communicating effectively

  • MacStar

    Alonso is a true champion. All other drivers used up their kers chasing the first corner. Alonso was smart enough to save some and use it at the right moment to jump Hamilton and Raikkonen and almost got Vettel too on the first lap. Genius!

  • lol

    Thanks to the Italian tyre manufacturer finally getting it right: namely making tyres tailored to suit Ferrari and damage RBR.

    If Vettel won his titles because of Newey, Alonso will win it thanks to cheese Pirelli. This is going to be the most hollow title ever in F1.

  • Alonso_is_slow

    Vettel is racing against Pat Fry…

    …and he is still not backstabing his own team?

    looks like Alonso remains the dirtiest driver

    Massa would have beaten him given the same car….
    Hamilton has beaten him
    Vettel has made a clown of him

    like “not bernie” said Alonso is the biggest investment for Ferrari, and he can only win with the fastest car…. complete fail

    Alonso can only beat Vettel when Massa also beats Vettel

    “greatness” achieved.

  • Odd Lord

    I think Alonso is doing great, he’s is very steady consistent driver, with a lot of patience, very similar to Kimi (though they have very different characters outside the track)

    I’m not a huge fan of Alonso (if a fan at all) but he is one the best drivers, fair and square also.

    I hope Kimi can secure his second WDC, if not then i hope Alonso gets it, if anything it would be good for everybody if Vettel doesn’t get it this year, just to keep the little boy inside his shoes instead of walking next to them ;)