We know we will struggle, says Alonso
5 October 2013 – Fernando Alonso believes it will be a major challenge to improve upon his qualifying result during the Korean Grand Prix, as Ferrari continues to struggle for raw pace.
Although he has failed to start on the front two rows of the grid since Bahrain, Alonso has finished second in the past three events. But the Spaniard, who starts from fifth after Mark Webber's penalty, feels another podium finish will be hard to come by.
"I think we are not particularly strong this weekend," said Alonso after qualifying. "In the race pace [during practice] yesterday we saw some problems, so I'm a little bit less optimistic in terms of winning or a podium finish. But we will try our best.
"There is a very short space to Turn 1, so we will do all our attacks at Turn 3 and Turn 4. There's always some action in this race, but we know that we'll struggle tomorrow."
Felipe Massa joins team-mate Alonso on the third row of the grid, and also expects Ferrari to endure a challenging race: "We're not just fighting Red Bull and Mercedes. One of the Lotuses is in front and we have other cars very close, like the Saubers.
"We're fighting with many other teams who are behind us but also very close."