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Fernando Alonso’s fifth place finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix could mark the beginning of the end for the Ferrari driver’s strong campaign in the season so far.
The Italian team has admitted several times this year that its car is not among the quickest but that has not stopped the Spaniard from leading the championship, capitalising on the downfall of his rivals at a few races.
“We have to attack,” Red Bull’s motorsport advisor Helmut Marko told the official Formula 1 website ahead of the race at the Hungaroring.
“And as nobody is kissed by fortune all the time, my guess is that the lucky streak of Alonso will sooner or later come to a halt,” he hoped adding that Red Bull had the potential to get its drivers in the front.
Alonso had conceded after qualifying for the Hungarian GP that it was a tough ask to assess how the performance will unfurl during Sunday’s races, indicating that there were questions that still needed to be answered for Ferrari.
"In Valencia, we started 11th and won the race," the two-time world champion was quoted saying by Reuters. "It's impossible to explain because you win one race and the next, you're in a bad position.
"There's no analysis. You can try and comment on what happens each weekend... but it's a championship with no type of clear order."
Alonso finished fifth in Hungary, with rivals McLaren making a significant progress to allow Lewis Hamilton to dominate and become the third multiple race-winner of the season.
But Alonso maintained that reading into the results doesn’t necessarily point out its true worth.
"We have seen very strange races... We were in Germany one week ago and Sauber was the second or third fastest car in dry conditions and here they were one and a half seconds (per lap) slower," he said referring to the Swiss outfit’s qualifying results.
"We change race by race and day by day. Friday can be a very good day for you, Saturday bad and Sunday good and vice versa," he added.
Ferrari meanwhile will hope to turn its car around during August’s mid-season break.
“There’s a lot cooking on the technical front but the key is to cook it to perfection before serving it up: you don’t want to rush it to the table until its ready nor overdo it. Either of these routes could leave a bad taste in the mouth,” the team said in a statement on its website.