Alonso: Car has improved by three seconds
26 July 2012 – Fernando Alonso believes Ferrari's car is between two and three seconds quicker since pre-season testing began, marking Barcelona as a key turning point. The Spaniard picked up his 30th Grand Prix victory in Germany last Sunday, extending his Drivers' championship lead to 34 points over Red Bull's Mark Webber.
"Definitely we improved the car a lot, I don't know exactly how much in terms of lap time because it's difficult," Alonso said during Thursday's press conference ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix. "I think between 2-3 seconds, but I cannot be very precise. The biggest update was in Barcelona, mainly aerodynamics of the car.
"We knew in the first four races of the season from Australia to Bahrain that the car was not doing what we expected it to, but when we arrived in Barcelona everything became a bit more normal for us."
Looking towards the remainder of the season, Alonso says maintaining his run of strong points finishes will be a crucial element if he is to secure title glory.
"I think we are in a good position in terms of points achieved in the first ten races,"he added. "But, it's only half. We did ten races and another ten important races remain.
"The difference between the top five or six (in the championship standings) is not a gap that is impossible to recover. If you have two good races then you're up there, so we need to keep the concentration and keep maximising what we have in our hands. Sometimes that's podium, a fifth or sometimes a seventh place finish.
"We cannot afford to make a mistake. We must keep consistency, but it's way too early to think of the championship at the moment. It is still McLaren, Red Bull, Lotus and Mercedes in contention at the moment. Any of those (can win)."