Fernando Alonso, Ferrari. Silverstone, 2013

Alonso blames Pirelli for ‘worst Saturday of 2013’

2013 British Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari. Silverstone, 2013Fernando Alonso says Pirelli’s choice of tyres for the British Grand Prix is partly to blame for Ferrari’s struggles.

“Really disappointing – we were not competitive all weekend,” said Alonso after qualifying today.

“It’s not normal to see one Ferrari out of Q3, the other one tenth in Q3. But is what we deserve, we were not good enough today.

“Obviously the race is still very long, anything can happen, we will do our best to recover position. But it was a bad Saturday.”

Asked why Ferrari could only manage tenth and twelfth on the grid he said: “I think we didn’t improve the car enough in the last four or five races, we brought new parts that maybe didn’t deliver what we expect from them. The others they doing a fantastic job.”

“Pirelli’s choosing medium and hard, continuously for every race, which we know that only helps two teams, and we need to keep working.”

“We can consider this the worst Saturday of the season so far, having never finished so far down, but now we must react immediately to try and return to the form we showed at the start of the year,” he added.

“We definitely expected a lot more here, because this is a track that suits our car?s characteristics better than others.

“In Q3, we hesitated a bit over tyre choice: we went out on the hards because they had worked well in free practice this morning and in Q1. Then we switched to medium with the idea of just coming back to the pits if it did not go well but then we decided to finish the lap and nevertheless our rivals were quicker.”

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