Alonso: Ferrari are “going backwards”

Alonso: Ferrari are “going backwards”

Fernando Alonso has admitted that Ferrari are “going backwards” at the moment after slipping behind Williams in the constructors’ standings.

The Maranello-based outfit is now fourth in the championship, five points behind rivals Williams, and has failed to score a podium since Alonso’s third place in China.

“At the moment, we are not super happy with the performance, either him or me, and we try to keep improving and score more points, especially with the constructors’ championship,” he told media at the Hungaroring. “We’re going backwards a little bit and we need to put both cars in the points as many times as possible.”

However, the Spaniard is still eight positions ahead of his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen in the drivers’ standings. When asked about the Finn’s struggles, Alonso replied: “I don’t really have an opinion on that.

“Obviously, the car is not great, we lack some downforce, some traction. We had some difficulties under braking in the first half of the races, brake-by-wire and all the systems that are new this year. Probably he was not feeling confident with the car, or he was not totally happy with the balance.”

He added: “Definitely we work a lot together. The meetings are quite long this year, because we have quite a lot of things to sort out after the races, and we’ve been constantly making our suggestions and our comments on what we see on the track, and try to help the engineers to transfer that to Maranello and translate those comments into ideas to help the car.

“It’s not a big change from the work that I have done with Felipe [Massa]; it’s a working relationship trying to help the team all the time.”

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Jack Leslie

Jack Leslie

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