Alonso wary of rivals' improving pace

Alonso wary of rivals' improving pace

3 July 2014 – Fernando Alonso has urged Ferrari to "keep improving" as it battles to become the second best team behind current Formula 1 pace-setters Mercedes.

Ferrari sits third in the championship standings after the opening eight races of the season, 45 points behind second-placed Red Bull and narrowly ahead of Force India, Williams and McLaren.

Speaking to media ahead of the British Grand Prix, Alonso said: "In Austria it was not only Williams as our biggest rivals, we were in a group including McLaren, Force India, Toro Rosso.

"We need to keep improving, with some margin on those teams, especially for the Constructors' Championship as we have the threat of Williams and the threat of Force India, McLaren.

"And Red Bull is a bit ahead of us now so we need maximum effort and concentration."

Alonso says he expects Red Bull to return to the 'best of the rest' group at Silverstone, given the high speed nature of the circuit.

"I expect here Red Bull coming back on form as it's an aerodynamic circuit," he said. "They show great potential in high speed corners so at Silverstone they should perform well."

Alonso refused to set any specific targets for the weekend, explaining that Ferrari should simply focus on extracting the most out of its current package.

"If I say yes I will lie to you, if I say no I will lie to you as I have no idea," he said.

"Every weekend is a little bit unique in terms of how the cars will perform. We will try and do our best to perform a good result and do our best for the team whatever position it is. In Austria it was position five and it was our best race of the year.

"It is important to finish the best we can every race. If we have cars in front of us it is because they are quicker."

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