Alonso sure Ferrari can stage recovery
6 April 2014 – Fernando Alonso insists that Ferrari can mount a recovery after he managed only ninth place in the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Alonso battled his way into the top six briefly but slipped back as he was unable to defend against rivals on a circuit which highlighted Ferrari's weaknesses.
"Today's race was complicated for us, even if we knew what to expect because, with its long straights, this track shows up our weak points," he said. "The Safety Car helped us make up a bit of ground on the cars ahead of us and also allowed us to save fuel, but it was not enough to change the result, with eight cars ahead of us doing a better job.
"Although we did all we could, we can’t be happy with our level of performance and now our sole focus must be on working day and night. The season is in its early stages and I think we can stage a recovery. We have the resources and the potential to do it and it’s all down to us.
"Next week will be very important as we get back on track on Tuesday and Wednesday to test in preparation for the upcoming races. We have got a very aggressive programme, which we need as our rivals will not just be sitting back and watching."
Kimi Räikkönen was disappointed after following his team-mate home in 10th place but was positive about the improved handling of the F14 T.
"I am very disappointed with today's result, because after how qualifying went, I expected to do better," he said. "I didn't get a good start and immediately lost some places. On the first lap, I was hit by [Kevin] Magnussen, luckily without it doing any damage, but trying to move up the order at this point was very difficult, because the lack of aero downforce and speed on the straight meant overtaking was complicated.
"We knew this track was less suited to the characteristics of our car than the first two and that the Mercedes would be very quick. [But] the handling of our car has generally improved compared to the first races and this makes me confident for the upcoming ones."