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Ferrari hopes hinge on Hungary - Alonso

ESPN Staff
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Fernando Alonso: "It's an important weekend" © Sutton Images

Fernando Alonso says it is essential for Ferrari's morale that he closes the gap to Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel this weekend at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Alonso is 34 points adrift of Vettel in the drivers' championship and has not beaten the Red Bull driver in a straight fight since the Spanish Grand Prix. He said it was crucial he closed the gap this weekend to give his team the necessary motivation for the second half of the season.

"A good result is important," he said. "It's important because there is the summer break after this race and it would be good for the motivation of the team and good for our hopes if we can close the gap to Sebastian. If, before the summer break, this gap increases or goes very high it will be a very stressful summer break for all of us and there will be less motivation. It's an important weekend."

Temperatures could nudge 40C on Sunday at the Hungaroring and Alonso said the team would have to be prepared to change its race strategy if needed.

"Nothing changes in terms of preparation, whatever the temperature is on Sunday we will do our same routine for the rest of the weekend. We just need to be a bit more open in terms of strategy in case there is the need for an extra stop. We will try to understand this tomorrow in the practice."