Alonso: No promises for Barcelona
22 April 2014 – Ferrari's Fernando Alonso has said he 'cannot promise anything' for the Spanish Grand Prix next month.
Alonso took his first podium of the 2014 Formula 1 campaign last weekend in China, but while he was encouraged by his form there, he is uncertain about what he will be able to achieve on home soil at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya.
"We need to see. We need to remain very calm. It has been a very unique race [here], we make a step forward. We were ninth and tenth fifteen days ago [in Bahrain] and that was hard. So, yeah, we need to remain calm. We are happy, we need to enjoy the result but still a long way to go and we cannot promise anything for Barcelona," he said.
"We will give 100 per cent again and we will fight – but in terms of result we need to remain very calm and see how development is these three weeks [and] if we can bring some extra new parts for Barcelona."
Meanwhile, after saying on the podium that the Scuderia was 'still in the fight', he was a little more circumspect when quizzed further on if Ferrari can really catch up with Mercedes and vie for the titles.
"We need to close, we need to catch them [Mercedes] as soon as possible before the championship is over," Alonso continued, "so we need to keep scoring points, as many as we can now that we are not super-competitive, try not to lose too much ground on points in the championship, and if in one race we become as competitive as them, try to catch up in terms of points."
"At the moment, it seems very far away because they have a big advantage and we need to work really hard if we want to have that possibility. There is nothing really special we can do, just don't give up; we're in the fourth race in the championship, there is still a long way go but being super-realistic, knowing that the gap is very, very big it's going to be very tough," he added.