Fernando Alonso admitted he was scared when Sergio Perez’s tyre exploded in front of him during the British Grand Prix.
But the Ferrari drivers said he didn’t follow the instructions to stay off the kerbs which were claimed to be contributing to the tyre failures.
“I had two moments: that one with Sergio I was so scared and I was so lucky because I missed the contact by one centimetre,” said Alonso after the race. “And also at the start into turn one I locked the tyres, I nearly lost the front wing.”
Alonso said he also nearly fell victim to a tyre explosion: “We had some tyre failures ourselves in the first stop but it was happening in the last corner and I came to the pits so I lost nothing.”
However he doubted the advice given to the drivers to stay off the kerbs was useful: “It was impossible. I didn’t stay off the kerbs to be honest.”
“I was fighting, I was position eleven, ninth, eighth, you are in third gear behind people always running so you are not in control perfectly on the car, where you will position the car at the exit of the corners.
“And I don’t think the kerbs have any influence because I’ve been racing 12 years now in Silverstone and the kerbs they were never a problem. So I don’t think this year they were a problem.”
Alonso added he was relieved to have cut Sebastian Vettel’s lead by 15 points on a day when the Ferrari was much less competitive than the Red Bull.
“Mixed feelings to be honest,” he added. “Happy for the points, we reduced the gap a little bit in this race.”
“But the pace we saw this weekend is not good enough. There was some other Sundays when we lost some points and I was a bit optimistic. Today we recovered some points but we know there is a lot of work to do.
“But I trust the team. We are united. We have a difficult weekend, we put the cross and now we think of the next one.”
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