Alonso pleased with smaller deficit to front
6 July 2013 – Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso reckons his team has returned to "a more normal level of competitiveness" after Saturday's qualifying session for the German Grand Prix.
Having featured highly throughout practice, Alonso and team-mate Felipe Massa comfortably made it through to the final shootout phase, the pair locking out the fourth row of the grid after choosing to post times on the harder, Prime compound tyre.
"I think we did a step forward here," said Alonso, who wound up just behind Massa in eighth position. "We are more competitive than we were at Silverstone, where we were 1.5 seconds off the pace in practice and Q1 and Q2. So the team did a step forward and we've come back to a more normal level of competitiveness.
"We need to improve, yes. There are no questions about that. We were not the quickest before and we are not the quickest now, but we are more confident and optimistic for tomorrow because the car is performing in a more normal way."
Alonso added that he is still unsure as to whether or not opting for Mediums was the correct approach in Q3, but reckons outright pace is more important than strategy.
"When they pushed in Q3 we saw a 1m29.3s, which is a little bit too fast for us," the two-time World Champion explained. "It is more or less as we expected; we knew with the Soft maybe we could qualify fifth or sixth, with the Medium seventh or eighth.
"And in terms of strategies, it is not clear which will be best. Whatever tyre you have, if you are fast you will be on the podium or win the race, if you are not fast, with whatever the tyre, you will not be in the points. So it is about pace, not the tyres or the strategy."