Alonso slams Pirelli for helping Red Bull, Mercedes

© F1 Pulse, 29 June 2013
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Fernando Alonso criticised Pirelli’s tyre choice for the British Grand Prix stating that it was obvious that it would help rivals Red Bull and Mercedes.

The Spaniard qualified a disappointing tenth at Silverstone on Saturday, 1.3 seconds slower than the pole time set by Lewis Hamilton. The top four slots, meanwhile, were occupied by Mercedes and Red Bull with defending champion Sebastian Vettel in third.

Alonso’s teammate Felipe Massa compounded Ferrari’s results after he was eliminated in the second leg of qualifying. The Brazilian will start from 12th on the grid.

"Really disappointing, we were not competitive all weekend,” Alonso said. “It's not normal to see one Ferrari out of Q3 and the other one tenth in Q3. But it's what we deserve, we were not good enough. The others are doing a fantastic job.

“Pirelli is choosing medium and hard continuously for every race, which we know only help two teams,” he pointed out slamming the Italian tyre manufacturer’s nomination for the weekend.

A part of the problem, Alonso admitted, was that Ferrari hasn’t delivered either, which contributed to his worst qualifying position of the season.

"I think we didn't improve the car enough. In the last four or five races we brought new parts that didn't deliver what we expected from them,” he said.


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