Ferrari, Monza, 2013

Ferrari will switch focus to 2014 if it loses ground

2013 Italian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Ferrari, Monza, 2013Ferrari will divert more of their efforts to their 2014 campaign if they lose more ground to Red Bull in the championship over the next two races.

Fernando Alonso has a clear objective for this weekend’s race and the next: “Two podiums and finish in front of Sebastian is, I think, the target for this next two grands prix,” he said.

“I think it’s the target that we want to do in the last couple of grands prix. We didn’t arrive in a situation to close the gap, we only closed the gap in Silverstone when he retired.

“So we need to change this situation and we will be happy finishing in front of him, I think, here in Monza and Singapore. Finishing in front of Sebastian means being on the podium minimum because we know how strong he is and how competitive Red Bull will be.”

Failing to do that will mean their chances of winning the titles this year will be too remote, said Alonso: “If we cannot do so we keep losing points obviously we need to start thinking of 2014 project because will be only six or seven races remaining with massive points so important weeks coming, for sure. ”

Alonso said he was “optimisitc” about their chances this weekend. “I think in Spa we saw some step forward from us and we hope to continue in that direction and keep improving also here in Monza.”

“I think the characteristics of the track should help our performance as well so we have everything in place to do a good weekend. We need to deliver when comes the time, Sunday in the race, but we arrive with some good confidence and ready to fight.”

However he said the next race will provide a truer indication of Ferrari’s current level: “I think for us it will be a better test or stronger test [at] Singapore race, when we come back to maximum level of downforce, etc… There we will see how much a step forward we did.”

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