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Alonso willing to take risks to secure more wins

ESPNF1 Staff
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Fernando Alonso: "We will tackle the races one at a time, trying to win as many as possible" © Getty Images

Fernando Alonso is prepared to take some big risks to try to win as many races as he can before the end of the season.

The Ferrari driver took his first victory of the season at the British Grand Prix but is still 92 points off championship leader Sebastian Vettel in the title chase. He is now focused on winning as many races as possible and said he is willing to gamble in order to make that happen.

"We will tackle the races one at a time, trying to win as many as possible," he told Ferrari's website. "This will also involve taking a few more risks and maybe it will happen that we pay a high price for that, but there is no alternative. We are definitely not giving up, but we must not think about the championship: as [Luca di] Montezemolo said yesterday in Maranello, we are keeping our feet on the ground."

Ferrari brought some major updates to the rear of the Ferrari for the British Grand Prix and Alonso said the way the improvement in the car's performance was instantly noticeable.

"There were definitely some major improvements on the car, which mean it feels much easier to drive now and you can feel it much more stuck to the ground than before, especially in the fast corners," he said. "That means it's got more aerodynamic downforce, which was the area where we trailed our main rivals the most."

The FIA restricted the use of off-throttle exhaust blown diffusers over the British Grand Prix weekend and both Red Bull and McLaren complained of a loss in performance. The rules will be opened up again in Germany, but Alonso believes it will have a minimal effect on the Ferrari's performance.

"I don't think the changes to the engine mapping were a factor: we were quicker specifically at the part of the track where you practically don't have to brake, which means it is the actual car that is going well."