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Ferrari needs 'another category of car' - Alonso

ESPN Staff
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Fernando Alonso saw Sebastian Vettel extend his championship lead to 77 points © Getty Images
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Fernando Alonso says Red Bull has "super performance" and that Ferrari needs "to have another category of car" to compete after finishing sixth in the Korean Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel's victory in Korea means he can wrap up the title in Japan if he wins and Alonso finishes lower than eighth place. However, it was the performance of Mark Webber in overtaking Alonso at Turn 6 that surprised him and he praised Red Bull for its dominance.

"Obviously it's not a surprise anymore," Alonso said. "It's not frustrating or surprising you on Sunday. The place where Webber overtook me at Turn 6 we need to have another category of car because if not it's impossible to do Turn 4, Turn 5 behind another car and be side-by-side. This is super performance and they deserve it, they are the best ones at the moment, they are winning everything and we have to do better."

Reflecting on his race, Alonso said losing out to Nico Hulkenberg at the start ultimately proved crucial.

"It was not good. We are not competitive in pure performance - we know that - but normally on Sunday we have a good pace. Here also on Sunday we didn't have the performance we expected. We saw on Friday a little bit the long runs were not as good as other grands prix and we knew that maybe the race would be tough and unfortunately we confirmed this feeling today.

"We were not so good at the start. At Turn 3 we lost the position with Nico [Hulkenberg] and then we were all the race behind Hulkenberg which obviously doesn't help the tyres. We didn't have the pace; hopefully in Suzuka we can come back to a better one and fight for the podium again."