Alonso: Pre-race feeling was confirmed
6 October 2013 – Fernando Alonso said his pre-race feeling was "unfortunately confirmed" during Sunday's Korean Grand Prix, having predicted that his Ferrari team would struggle.
The Spaniard, who started from the third row, appeared to struggle with severe tyre graining on Pirelli's Medium compound tyre and ultimately had to settle for sixth position, just behind Mercedes rivals Lewis Hamilton and Sauber's Nico Hülkenberg.
"We are not competitive," said Alonso, whose run of three second place finishes ends. "Normally we have good race pace but here we didn't have the performance we expected. The long runs on Friday were not as good as at other Grands Prix.
"We knew the race was going to be tough and unfortunately we confirmed this feeling. And all the race we were stuck behind [Nico] Hülkenberg which doesn't help the tyres."
He added: "Hopefully in Suzuka we can come back and fight for the podium again."
Felipe Massa, who narrowly avoided ending Alonso's race after misjudging his approach to Turn 3 on the opening lap, finished ninth in the sister Ferrari.