Alonso: Red Bull, McLaren and Force India are beatable

Alonso: Red Bull, McLaren and Force India are beatable

Fernando Alonso says rivals Red Bull Racing, McLaren and Force India are beatable in tomorrow’s German Grand Prix.

The Spaniard qualified in seventh place at the Hockenheimring, behind Nico Rosberg, the two Williams drivers, Kevin Magnussen and the Red Bull duo.

He feels that the warmer temperatures experienced over the last two days have not helped Ferrari and believes the team is more competitive in cooler conditions.

Alonso is optimistic that he can fight the cars ahead and make progress in tomorrow’s race. “I think we need to see,” he told media after qualifying.

“There are always some surprises at the races. Some races we expect to be competitive and we are not; some races we find ourselves quite competitive.”

“I think in front of us, we understand that Mercedes probably are too quick, it’s difficult to fight with them. But Red Bull, Force India, McLaren, they are beatable, so we can fight with them.”

He added: “It’s a race we need to manage in the best way possible with a good start, and a good understanding of the tyres with these temperatures.

“Try to anticipate what is the best strategy, and looking at the weather, threats of storms coming in the afternoon. We’ll see tomorrow. We’ll be ready for anything.”

Kimi Raikkonen put the second Ferrari F14 T 12th on the grid after a difficult qualifying hour for the 2007 world champion.

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Jack Leslie

Jack Leslie

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