Alonso confident Ferrari can catch Red Bull
12 June 2014 – Fernando Alonso is confident that his Ferrari team has what it takes to cut the gap to Red Bull and stake a claim for the runner-up spot in the championship standings before the season reaches its conclusion.
While Mercedes has hit the ground running amid the sport's regulation overhaul to surge ahead in both title battles, the fight for second is wide open, with Red Bull currently occupying the position from Ferrari.
And although almost 15 seconds separated Alonso and Daniel Ricciardo's race-winning machine at the recent Canadian Grand Prix, the two-time World Champion feels it is a performance deficit that can be overturned.
"I'm an ambitious driver and I try to help my team," Alonso said. "My ambition now is to try to help my team get second in the Constructors' Championship. We lost lots of points but we will try to recover as soon as possible.
"We finished 14 seconds behind Red Bull. I don't think that is too big a distance or something that we cannot recover over the rest of the season. I'm sure I will recover this and try to finish ahead of Red Bull next time."
Alonso says Red Bull's win at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is precisely the reason Ferrari should feel optimistic.
"If someone had told us that Red Bull would win a race in the first seven or eight rounds of the championship after the last winter test, no one would have believed it," he went on to explain. "Mercedes was so dominant, but suddenly they had mechanical issues. You need to be there to take the opportunities and Red Bull was there.
"That gives us motivation and shows us how things can change in F1 during a race weekend – it can be the weather, it can be Safety Cars, it can be many different factors that dictate the final result of a Grand Prix."
Ferrari has not won since last year's Spanish Grand Prix, but Alonso believes that this will soon change.
"Can we win a race this year? Yes, anything can happen," he said. "But that's not something that worries me too much at the moment. We have much bigger problems than trying to win a race; we will try to finish in the best positions in the races, try to get some podiums, try to help the team with points. That's the only thing I want."