Alonso describes 'sad' Ferrari showing
21 September 2013 – Fernando Alonso has labelled Ferrari's performance deficit throughout qualifying in Singapore as "sad", the Spaniard finishing more than a second off the ultimate pace.
Although the two-time World Champion – who starts behind team-mate Felipe Massa in seventh – made reference to the relentless efforts back at Maranello, he suggested that the updates arriving at the circuit are not providing the desired lap time gains.
"I think we need to be realistic and not be happy at all with the performance here," said Alonso, who sits 53 points behind title leader Sebastian Vettel. "We did the maximum bringing new parts and they work in a way, but maybe not enough. We tried many things, we made many changes last night and today and the car was then a little easier to drive. Everyone is pushing in the same direction, and the gap is very big – that is sad.
"I think we have to be happy with the work that the factory has done. They worked non-stop. It's true we are not in the position we wanted but it's not because they didn't try the maximum."
Alonso added: "On a high-downforce circuit we were fourth fastest in Hungary. We come here and we are maybe fourth fastest in terms of the teams. It's sad news for us, but there is nothing we can do now apart from preparing a perfect race tomorrow."