• Turkish Grand Prix

Ferrari simply not good enough - Alonso

ESPNF1 Staff
May 30, 2010 « 'Disappointed' Horner refuses to lay blame | »
Fernando Alonso tries to appease Vitaly Petrov after the race © Getty Images
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Fernando Alonso has said Ferrari's performance in Turkey was not good enough to fight for the championship and is now pinning his hopes on improvements ahead of the next two races.

Alonso qualified 12th and after a poor start had to rely on strategy to make up positions. He eventually pulled a bold move on Vitaly Petrov for seventh place, which punctured the the Russians tyre, but said fighting against Renault was below expectations.

"We have been a bit surprised, as both in Barcelona and here we were not too competitive," he said. "All race Felipe [Massa] fought with Rosberg and I fought with Petrov, so we are at Renault's level, which is obviously not enough. We have an improvement for Canada and then for Valencia we have a bigger package. But we know McLaren and Red Bull are very far away, and we don't know if that's enough, so we have to work very hard."

Looking for a positive he said he could draw solace from being just 14 points off Mark Webber at the top of the championship standings.

"The points are good. Logically we wanted more but we were third in the championship, now we are fourth so we are still there. We don't have the fastest car, and yet we are one point ahead of Vettel, so we aren't doing too bad."