Alonso: We need to raise our game
11 October 2013 – Fernando Alonso says he and Ferrari need to "raise the game" after struggling for raw performance throughout the opening day of practice for the Japanese Grand Prix.
The Spaniard, whose title fight could expire on Sunday afternoon, wound up 10th on the overall Friday timesheets, with an unchracteristic spin playing a part in him finishing behind McLaren driver Jenson Button and Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo.
"In terms of competitiveness, we are not in the position we wanted," Alonso explained to the gathered media at Suzuka. "So definitely we need to improve. We were not at a good level. Mercedes, Red Bull and Lotus in a way, are in front of us, and they should be in front. But we have people that are normally behind us and today they are in front.
"I had a mistake with a spin and things were not good enough. We need to raise the game for tomorrow and do a good lap in Q3 as it's important to start from the front."
Felipe Massa finished eighth fastest in the sister Ferrari, 0.389 seconds ahead.