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Spa problems solved - Alonso

ESPNF1 Staff
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Fernando Alonso expects a more competitive weekend in Italy © Getty Images

Fernando Alonso is confident Ferrari has overcome the problems it had at the Belgian Grand Prix and will arrive at Monza with a more competitive package.

Ferrari suffered a number of teething problems with new updates at Spa Francorchamps and Alonso recorded one of his worst results of the season, qualifying tenth before crashing out. Since Belgium, test driver Giancarlo Fisichella has conducted straight-line tests at Vairano and Alonso is confident the team has resolved the problems it had in Belgium.

"As I said last week, in Spa the performance of the F10 did not live up to our expectations," he wrote in his blog. "The engineers have now carefully analysed the data from the race and from the aero test that Giancarlo Fisichella carried out down the straight at Vairano. It produced indications which led us to understand what did not work as it should have done and we have put those elements right for the next event. I am therefore confident about our chances of getting back to fighting for a place on the podium, just as we had done prior to the summer break."

Team principal Stefano Domenicali admitted this week that a poor result in Italy would prompt Ferrari to focus on next year and abandon its 2010 title charge. However, Alonso insists he will not give up on the title until it becomes mathematically impossible.

"There is no point denying the fact this is a tricky moment of the season for us," he added. "In Monza, if we do not pick up a significant number of points and our competitors get the maximum and pull away in the lead, then the situation in the classification would become very difficult. I'm not saying it would be impossible to reach our target, because that kind of talk does not exist in Formula 1, but we are aware of the situation and we are ready to react to any eventuality."