Alonso: Red Bull still a strong team
12 March 2014 – Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso still reckons Red Bull Racing will be strong this year, despite a troubled winter for the reigning Formula 1 World Champions.
Red Bull’s woes in F1 2014 pre-season testing are well documented, with Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo covering almost three times fewer laps in total than Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, and around two and a half times less than Alonso and his team-mate, Kimi Raikkonen.
Alonso though was 'cautious' when quizzed on the form of Red Bull ahead of the opening race in Australia this weekend: "It was only testing, and there are no points in testing," he told Adam Cooper's F1 Blog.
"Red Bull is a super team, a strong team, and we need to see how they perform in a race weekend, where it counts. I still think that they will be strong this year. We'll see if in this part of the championship, if they have some problems, [and if they do] we need to maximise those points, because maybe in a couple of races they will be back at the top. It’s important to start on the right foot."
Alonso added that he is feeling fully motivated for the coming year and is optimistic he can do well: "It's a good challenge this year with all the changes in the regulations. I’m motivated and I’m ready, and optimistic as well," he confirmed. "Every new season you think you can do well, and this year is no different.
"Generally speaking I think we had a troublefree winter, in terms of the reliability of the car. We didn't find anything wrong with the car... and everything on the car worked as we predicted. With that base, with that starting point, I think we have good potential in the car, and a good possibility," concluded the two-time World Champion.