Tyres will determine next two Grands Prix, says Alonso

By Nesha Starcevic, AP, 4 July 2013
© AP Photo/Luca Bruno

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso believes the next two races in Germany and Hungary will be determined for his team by the new tyres.

Tyre supplier Pirelli responded to last week's five-car blowouts in Silverstone by providing tyres with Kevlar belts for this weekend's German GP. Three weeks later in Hungary, Pirelli will supply different tyres, based on last year's and this year's mixtures following testing during the break.

Alonso says Ferrari needs to adjust to the new tyres quicker than other teams.

"Here and Hungary, we will be dominated by the tyres - how they perform on each car," the Spaniard said Thursday, ahead of Sunday's race in Germany.

"With the set-up you win one tenth or two tenths (of a second), with tyres you can lose seconds... so we need to adapt to the new tyres quicker than the other teams, and we will put a lot of effort on that," Alonso said.

Alonso has two wins this season and already has won twice in Germany, in 2010 and 2012, when both races where at Hockenheim. In 2011 on the Nurburgring circuit he was second.

One week ago in Silverstone, Alonso finished third, despite ending qualifying only in tenth. The former champion is 21 points behind series leader Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull.

"We were happy with the points we recovered but I was not happy with the performance," Alonso said of his drive in Silverstone.

"It is something we need to answer here -- if Silverstone was just a one-off and we didn't have the right balance or the right set-up for that particular circuit, or is it just really that everyone else did a big step forward and we did a step backward? We need to answer this question and recover some of the form," he said.

Alonso said Ferrari's initial analysis suggested specific Silverstone-related problems that could be solved.

"We went into a very deep analysis of Silverstone, knowing that we were not competitive, and we saw some issues with the car in terms of aero characteristics at Silverstone, in terms of set-up, to do some things a bit better at a certain speed in corners," he said.

 

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