Ferrari should always be favourites - Alonso
Fernando Alonso says Ferrari should be favourites to win the championship every year due to the talent it has at its disposal.
Alonso is on his way out of Ferrari after five years without a title and is expected to be unveiled by McLaren next month. Sebastian Vettel is taking his place in 2015 and Alonso believes the team has the talent to return to the top of the sport after its first winless campaign since 1993.
When asked if he had any advice for Ferrari now he was leaving, Alonso replied: "From the outside now it will be difficult to judge [performance]. What we missed in these five years was more performance in the car and some more technical resources, let's say. We've not been at the top level in some aspects of the car; some of the aerodynamics at the beginning and the power unit now.
"They have talented people and resources, there's motivation in the team and in time they will win. Next year they will be favourites because every year they must be, everyone expects them to win in Formula One. It's what we've seen on television throughout the history of Formula One and next year they will be very strong."
Alonso's team-mate Kimi Raikkonen struggled on his return to Ferrari, mainly with the lack of front-end grip available with the Ferrari F14 T. Though he does not think the poor 2014 campaign was down to one issue Alonso says this issue was one of the worst.
"When you are far behind like we were this year it's because you are missing many things, not just one. The front end was probably the most difficult."