Alonso unhappy with performance
12 October 2013 – Fernando Alonso has vowed to improve after qualifying eighth for the Japanese Grand Prix, the Spaniard admitting he has not been driving well enough so far this weekend.
Alonso, whose title challenge has already been dented thwarted by Sebastian Vettel's recent quartet of race victories, was outqualified by Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa for the third time in four events on Saturday, with 0.287 seconds separating the pair.
"Nothing," was Alonso's plain response when asked what had gone wrong for him. "I haven't had a good weekend so far. I've been eighth and ninth all weekend and didn't find the pace. In qualifying I'm eighth again, so I'm not doing good enough so far."
When asked what can be achieved in the race, Alonso said: "The top five is maybe something realistic for us. We need to overtake a few cars. But we also need to race thinking a little bit about the Constructors' Championship. We have Mercedes only one point behind, they are both in front of me so I need to finish in front of at least one."
Massa was understandably buoyed by his qualifying performance, the Brazilian heading up the third row of the grid alongside Mercedes rival Nico Rosberg.
"I managed to put together a great lap, almost a perfect lap," said Massa, whose Formula 1 future is not yet secured. "We have some cars in front that are quicker than us but we are not far for the qualifying at least. We will see tomorrow. The race pace is very important but I'm very happy for the qualifying. Let's try to do even better tomorrow."