Alonso expects 'uphill' race at Monza
3 September 2014 – Fernando Alonso has warned that Ferrari faces another "defensive" and "uphill" race at Monza.
The Spaniard is keen to pull something special out of the bag at the Italian Grand Prix, the team's home race.
However, he knows it will be far from easy and that getting on the podium will be a major achievement – something he has achieved just twice this season, in China and Hungary.
"We must try and have our best race of the year in front of the home crowd," he told Ferrari's official website.
"We know what a great experience it is to stand on the podium at Monza, seeing the straight packed with people. I've been lucky enough in these last four years with Ferrari to get to the podium four times and it would be fantastic to make it five.
"It's a very optimistic goal though because unfortunately this year, we haven't been on the podium too often.
"We must be realistic, as this will be another defensive and uphill race for us, but anything can happen."
Asked what would be needed for him to win, Alonso replied: "I don't know, it's not easy."
"Something unusual would have to happen, maybe with a bit of help from drivers in the top teams, while we need to concentrate on ourselves and give our utmost over the weekend, as we did in Spa and Hungary during qualifying. At Monza we cannot make any mistakes," he added.
He went on to explain that this season has been his most difficult at Maranello.
"This year has definitely been the toughest in the five I've been with Ferrari," he confirmed. "In the other years [coming to Monza], we were fighting for the title or a podium was definitely within our grasp or maybe even a win.
"This year however, it's all much more up in the air and there is no certainty as to what we might be able to do. One can say this situation is frustrating, it can be seen as sad or simply as the reality of the situation. For eleven races now we have been fighting to sort out the situation and become more competitive and I think we have done that.
"I would say the progress is visible, because in the last three or four races, we have become more competitive: in Hungary, we got a podium finish, in Spa we came close and even at Hockenheim and Silverstone we went quite well. So in the recent races we have recovered and have a better feeling.
"It's definitely not enough though, because everyone is improving, especially Mercedes, who are dominating the season."