Alonso: 2014 our best chance to close gap
24 September 2013 – Fernando Alonso believes the regulation changes will give Ferrari a real opportunity next year to close the gap to Red Bull.
Alonso and the Scuderia were again powerless to stop Sebastian Vettel from winning in Singapore last weekend, with the Red Bull number one taking his third win in a row as he continued his march towards that fourth F1 Drivers’ title.
Speaking after the 13th round in the 2013 F1 World Championship, Alonso added that the mid-season changes to the tyres is what has hurt them.
“I think we start from zero next year, completely from zero. [There is a] big change in regulations so it’s our best opportunity to close the gap [to Red Bull]. This year was a continuation in a way,” Alonso said.
“I think we started in a good way, we were competitive in Australia, maybe not in qualifying but in the race we were taking care of the tyres very, very well, together with Lotus. We won in China, we won in Spain and then we seemed to lose a little bit of performance, especially when the 2012 Pirelli tyres came back so that was probably our point in the championship; when they changed the tyres, we said bye-bye.
“For next year I think we start from zero. Really we will put all our effort and hopes into 2014, because starting from zero is our best opportunity to close the gap with all the top teams,” he concluded.