Alonso: Picture won't change much in Bahrain
1 April 2014 – Fernando Alonso is not expecting any 'magical changes' in Bahrain this coming weekend and has conceded it is likely to be another 'tough' race for the Scuderia.
After Sunday’s Malaysian GP, the Spaniard said Ferrari needs to find more pace, but with the race in Sepang and that at the Bahrain International Circuit taking place back-to-back, he knows he is unlikely to be able to challenge for the win, unless the Mercedes’ and Red Bull’s have reliability issues.
“For Bahrain, I don't think the picture will change that much from here [in Malaysia],” he told ESPNF1.com. “It's only five days between so there will not be any magical change in any of the teams.
“The track characteristics are a little bit different, so if we're slow on the straights probably we will see a weakness and cars that have a good top speed will be competitive in Bahrain, like Williams at the [pre-season] test with Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas. It's going to be tough again, but somehow we manage to be in the top five and at the moment with the performance we have we have scored some good points. We must continue to finish the race.”
“The team is doing a massive effort to catch up and improve the situation,” he added. “Personally I would like to fight for victories, but as long as you are in front of your team-mate you are doing something extra that the people expect. [Besides] we have only done two races, we are analysing and we are going deep into the analysis of the areas we need to improve. It seems very clear to us. We will improve, that's for sure.”