‘Realistic’ Alonso Ready to take on red bull racing
Fernando Alonso may be relying on the old cliche of taking one race at a time, but if Red Bull's rising consternation is to be believed, Ferrari could yet mount a decent bid to win this year's title.Updated: Jul 15, 2011 23:05 IST
Fernando Alonso may be relying on the old cliche of taking one race at a time, but if Red Bull's rising consternation is to be believed, Ferrari could yet mount a decent bid to win this year's title.
Defending champion Sebastian Vettel's call for more dedicated work from the Red Bull team, along with team chief Christian Horner's claim that Alonso was not only the winner but also the fastest man on the track in last Sunday's British Grand Prix, suggests they see the Italians as their major threat.
McLaren, apparently confused in recent weeks, seem to be slipping away in the title race just as Ferrari are preparing to mount their almost traditional mid-year revival on the great high-speed circuits of the European season.
Alonso, however, like the wily and seasoned campaigner that he is, knows that nothing but speed, performance and consistent results will count as he begins the enormous task of cutting into runaway leader Vettel's 92-point lead.
Taking his cue from Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo this week, Alonso said it was too early to talk of anything other than remaining grounded and thinking only of the next race.
Ferrari's crushing of Red Bull at Silverstone is, to him, already in the past.
"That win won't change our approach and we just have to remain entirely realistic now," said the two-time world champion.
"We are 92 points behind in the classification and that is a very big gap!
"We will tackle the races one at a time, trying to win as many as possible and I know now that this will also involve taking a few more risks.
First Published: Jul 15, 2011 23:04 IST