Alonso expecting 'tough' Barcelona weekend
8 May 2014 – Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso says he is expecting a "tough" Spanish Grand Prix weekend.
Although the two-time World Champion was able to record his first podium finish of the season at the Shanghai circuit last time out, he has cast doubt over his chances of repeating that achievement on home soil.
"We know it's going to be a tough weekend," he said. "If I tell you I will be fighting for the podium I will be lying.
"We're not in a position we're happy with. We have some deficit to the top teams, especially Mercedes. We'll try to decrease that gap and get closer, but to do that we need to make bigger steps than the other teams."
Alonso says Ferrari is likely to gain more from track characteristics than car development in Barcelona.
"The characteristics of the circuit will help us a bit, as there are not too many big straights," he explained.
"We have brought some new parts but I don't think it will be any different to the other teams. We will have to see. Track characteristics will probably be the biggest help here."