Alonso blames Pirelli for ‘worst Saturday of 2013′

2013 British Grand Prix

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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115 comments on Alonso blames Pirelli for ‘worst Saturday of 2013′

  1. John H (@john-h) said on 29th June 2013, 18:14

    Alonso shouldn’t be saying this, but the problem is that the tyre manufacturer is having such an influence on the race results. When Hembery bemoaned that “we can’t do this because we’d be seen as favouring red bull” and the classic “do you want the championship to be boring like the end of 2012″ rubbish, he should have just kept his mouth shut basically.

    It was a bit of a PR disaster, because it puts the seed in people’s minds that Pirelli have too much power in deciding the outcome of the championship… perhaps rightly so… but now Ferrari and Lotus are aggrieved not at the FIA (where they should be aiming their complaints) but Pirelli.

    • dragoll (@dragoll) said on 30th June 2013, 0:47

      @john-h I agree 100% to your comment below. I said it at the time, that as soon as Hembrey laid the path down stating that he didn’t want to be seen favouring another team, when he could of simply stated, we’ve had a number of tyre failure issues and we needed to rectify these, is the moment it became a political hot potato.

      When Hembery bemoaned that “we can’t do this because we’d be seen as favouring red bull” and the classic “do you want the championship to be boring like the end of 2012″ rubbish, he should have just kept his mouth shut basically.

  2. colin grayson (@lebesset) said on 29th June 2013, 18:29

    last year pirelli brought the soft and the hard ; in pirelli’s softening of the tyres this year the 2012 soft became the 2013 medium , and the hard stayed pretty much the same …in other words the tyres are almost exactly as last year
    alonso should face the fact that he needs to be a better qualifier

  3. liam (@) said on 29th June 2013, 18:29

    Time for Alonso to follow Mark(I’m serious)..He’s simply is not good at Quali and his time at Ferrari has been a shambles. Vettel win tomorrow will nail the C/ship, could also see one of the black helmets reaching the podium.

  4. Force Maikel (@force-maikel) said on 29th June 2013, 18:29

    If Pirelli made its choices before the season stuff like this doesn’t happen. You reap what you sow. When you take a look at it Pirelli made more aggressive choices at the beginning at the season. But because of the constant attacks from the Red Bull lobby, Pirelli tried to chance the compounds. Ferrari en Lotus blocked that. It’s only logic Pirelli would find something else to ease Red Bull and Mercedes. Silverstone could easy handle soft and medium.

    That doesn’t mean I support Fer lashing out at Pirelli like this. Deal with it Ferando, you are better than this!

  5. Io LeDoy (@ioledoy) said on 29th June 2013, 18:35

    whatever happens, Alonso always blame something or someone :(

  6. anon said on 29th June 2013, 18:54

    Alonso was brought to Ferrari because it was believed that his technical proficiency was greater than that of Raikkonen.

    Vettel has a car with rear grip to suit his style as number one driver. Hamilton demands brakes to suit his style he gets them. Look at the results.

    Alonso on the other enjoys number one status in his team to the point that his teammate’s performances are immaterial to the team, yet he’s always complaining that something isn’t right. He can have whatever he demands but it still is never good enough despite Ferrari consistently being the highest or second highest spending team on the grid and the team being centered around Fred. Plus it’s not like he went to a shambolic Ferrari team. His first race at Ferrari he and Felipe finish 1-2.

    Maybe the problem isn’t the car it’s Alonso–who was overshadowed in qualifying by his rookie teammate in 2007 and Trulli in his time at Renault. Yes, Alonso is a stong, consistent racer, but is he in the league of Vettel and Hamilton?

    • ferrox glideh (@ferrox-glideh) said on 29th June 2013, 19:39

      Notice that even Massa has more fastest laps that Lewis, and that Kimi has nearly double the fastest laps than Lewis. What is this league of which you speak? Anyone who has won or come close to winning a world championship in F1 is in the same league. Including Alonso.

      • anon said on 30th June 2013, 6:04

        Kimi went to a Newey McLaren in his second year in the sport then parachuted into Schumacher’s ride at Ferrari. Not to mention that Kimi began in the sport in 2001, while Hamilton in 2007, so naturally Raikkonen’s record should be more impressive.

        No-one has ever doubted that Kimi has raw pace, but he’s inconsistent and never been a particularly outstanding qualifier. There’s also a difference between putting together the fastest lap of the race on lap 55 and putting everything together for one special lap at the death in Q3.

  7. Kim Philby (@philby) said on 29th June 2013, 19:48

    There must be some people around here who could extract more than Alonso in qualifying in order to know that he should do better. Oh come on don’t you see that the race will be fascinating for the first 5 laps and then total predictability. Now about “parts that do not deliver the expected improvement” I don’t know what to make of this, last year was the tunnel and now they use the Toyota one, this year what is it to blame?
    And another thing I have always been a supporter of Massa but 3 crashes in 3 races is totally unacceptable. If Ferrari falls that short from Red Bull on the technical department maybe it is time to strengthen their driver line up by signing Kimi for 2014… It is an exciting prospect! don’t you think?

  8. Timothy Katz (@timothykatz) said on 29th June 2013, 20:24

    Don’t you think Fernando looks awfully tired in the photo?
    I wonder if there are internal pressures at Ferrari that are putting more strain on him than just the racing.

  9. maxmasder said on 29th June 2013, 21:04

    What about the car? According to you, the car has nothing to do with the final result. It seems that no matter what car Alonso drives, he must win a lot of pole positions. Sorry, I cannot understand this reasoning. As I said previously, “I cannot understand why some people compare his qualifying performance with the performance of those who are driving different cars”.

    • maxmasder said on 29th June 2013, 21:25

      Sorry, I forgot to click the “reply” button. I was trying to reply to @jonsan.

    • John H (@john-h) said on 29th June 2013, 21:53

      Alonso has a reputation as a superb racer but a little off the boil in quali. It’s there for a reason, I’m not entirely sure why, but it might have something to do with his head to head in 2007 and the fact this team mates since then haven’t provided any sort of benchmark.

      He’s still the all round best driver on the grid, if that’s any consolation.

    • Jon Sandor (@jonsan) said on 29th June 2013, 22:45

      It seems that no matter what car Alonso drives, he must win a lot of pole positions.

      He should certainly win some. Alonso has not spent his career in rubbish mid-field cars. He’s spent almost his entire career driving very good cars for top teams – the title winning Renault’s, the McLarens, the Ferrari’s. Not Saubers or Force India’s. These cars have been good enough for him to win 32 GP’s and 90 podiums – which is quite a lot! It strains credulity to suggest that, year after year and with several different teams, his cars are always good in races but poor in qualifying. The simplest and most plausible explanation is that Alonso himself is good in races but poor in qualifying.

      • maxmasder said on 29th June 2013, 23:35

        Just some examples: 2005- six pole positions; 2006- six pole positions.

        I know what his reputation is, but I’m talking about facts, not speculations. Hamilton has the reputation of being the fastest driver in F1 and one of the best qualifiers if not the best. Talking about head to head qualifying results in 2007: LH 9 – FA 8. Yes, Hamilton was a rookie, but Alonso wasn´t in his best year (Hamilton wasn´t in his best year in 2011), he didn´t seem to be as focused as he should be and at some point of the season his team was racing against him…by the way, Massa got 6 pole positions that year.

        I don´t know who is the best qualifier, I would need to see all of them in the same car, under the same circumstances. Maybe Alonso is not the best qualifier but facts show that he is not so far behind. He is in no way a poor qualifier.

        Do you think he is a poor qualifier? Do you think Ferrari has been a “Pole Position car” during these years? Ok, show me the evidence you have.

        • Jon Sandor (@jonsan) said on 30th June 2013, 1:23

          I don´t know who is the best qualifier, I would need to see all of them in the same car, under the same circumstances.

          Why not say “I don’t know who is the best driver, I would need to see them all in the same car under the same circumstances”? After all, it’s possible that Charles Pic is actually by far the best driver on the grid today.

          Highly unlikely, but it is possible, and we can only say for certain if we see all the drivers in the same car under the same circumstances. Yes?

          I’m talking about facts, not speculations.

          And I’m telling you the facts are that Alonso’s rate of winning pole (10.8%) and rate of qualifying on the front row (18%) are distinctly low for a “great” driver. Compared to a Prost or a Senna, or a Schumacher or a Stewart, or a Vettel or a Hamilton, Alonso’s qualifying record is weak. That’s a fact, not speculation.

          • maxmasder said on 30th June 2013, 2:28

            I asked you to show me the evidence. What kind of evidence is ” the rate of winning pole”? you keep ignoring the influence of the car and I have to disagree with you. Obviously you can think whatever you want.

            And no, I don´t think Charles Pic is the best driver, but it is impossible for me to say who is the best qualifier. Well, Hamilton cannot be the best qualifier because Alonso is a poor qualifier and considering that it was “LH 9- FA 8″ in 2007, Hamilton is close to be a poor qualifier… Vettel maybe? Actually, it doesn´t make sense to me. I’m just following your reasoning.

      • HoHum (@hohum) said on 30th June 2013, 0:07

        @jonsan, sorry but once again it’s tyres, MB have the fastest tyre warmup rate and the pole but they will probably have more degradation in the race with overheating tyres if they don’t drive below their potential, RBR probably have the right balance but Ferarri and Lotus might be able push all race long and be on the podium, especially if it’s warm and sunny for the race, if there’s a heatwave they might even win.

  10. Jon Sandor (@jonsan) said on 29th June 2013, 22:23

    Some people seem to be under the impression that prior to this year, it was the standard practice for Pirelli to bring the same tyres to each GP on the calendar as they had used in the previous year.

    That is not actually what happened though.

    Australian GP
    2011 soft/hard
    2012 soft/medium
    2013 supersoft/medium

    Canadian GP
    2011 supersoft/soft
    2012 Supersoft/soft
    2013 supersoft/medium

    Hungarian GP
    2011 supersoft/soft
    2012 soft/medium
    2013 medium/hard

    Belgian GP
    2011 soft/medium
    2012 medium/hard
    2013 ????

  11. Anele (@anele-mbethe) said on 30th June 2013, 0:24

    considering Ferrari spend as much as redbull and Alonso is the ‘best’ driver its rather pathetic they can’t sort out their qualifying

  12. Pandaslap (@pandaslap) said on 30th June 2013, 0:36

    It’s always the other guy’s fault. #samurai

  13. Adam Blocker (@blockwall2) said on 30th June 2013, 2:09

    Alonso you are a double world champion. Grow up.
    Teams like Mercedes have been struggling with tyre wear all season, but they have blamed themselves for their own shortcomings instead of blaming Pirelli. Pirelli supply the same tyres to everyone, every team is dealing with the same equipment.
    If anyone should be whining for any reason it should be Paul di Resta after his underweight car.
    Although he complains enough as it is….

  14. Pennyroyal tea (@peartree) said on 30th June 2013, 2:33

    I have to admit that I thought Ferrari had a chance here, especially after doing well in Canada, a track that shouldn’t suit them but this is very lacklustre from Ferrari.

  15. yuya (@john-locke) said on 30th June 2013, 3:01

    Alonso is poor quallifer? LOL

    Due to the car.
    Button could only get 3 poles for 8 years before Brawn GP days.
    Webber could not a pole before RBR’s era (-2008)
    Raikkonen has just got 2 poles since 2008.
    Rosberg had never got a pole before 2012 season.

    Getting pole positions absolutely depends on cars….

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