No more room for error, admits Alonso
27 June 2013 – Fernando Alonso has admitted that he does not have much more room for error as the 2013 Formula 1 campaign develops, with the Ferrari driver trailing championship leader Sebastian Vettel by a margin of 36 points ahead of the British Grand Prix.
Although the Spaniard has featured on the podium at four of the opening seven races, including victories in Shanghai and Barcelona, Red Bull rival Vettel has not finished outside of the top four positions, giving him a comfortable advantage in the title race.
Assessing the situation during Thursday afternoon's press conference at Silverstone, Alonso explained: "Being 36 points behind the leader, we don’t have much more room to make mistakes. We need to get the maximum from every weekend. If we can finish ahead of Sebastian it will be great; if we can’t finish ahead we’ll try to lose the minimum number of points.
"After Monza last year I had a margin of around 40 points over Sebastian, and it was not enough. Being 36 points behind now is not ideal, but it is not the end of the world."
Alonso is hopeful that he can make up lost ground during this weekend's Grand Prix at Silverstone, but remains wary of the threat posed by Red Bull and Mercedes.
"It should be a good circuit for us," the two-time World Champion added. "We have been more or less competitive here for the last three or four years. It’s a little bit similar to China and Barcelona, the best two circuits for this year’s car.
"We have high hopes, but Red Bull has been strong and dominant here since 2009. Mercedes has also been improving. It will be an extremely close weekend."