Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Hockenheimring, 2014

Tyre wear tougher than expected – Alonso

2014 German Grand PrixPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Hockenheimring, 2014Fernando Alonso says Ferrari needs to improve their tyre management after having to make an extra pit stop during the German Grand Prix.

“It was tough,” said Alonso to reporters after the race. “At the end we switch to a three-stop strategy because we really felt that the tyres were degrading a little bit more than expected so it was tough on the tyre.”

“The circuit was still quite hot, even if it was not so sunny today. So next time in Hungary will be also tough because it’s a circuit that is quite demanding on tyres, so we need to make progress on that as well.”

He finished the race fifth behind Sebastian Vettel, who slipped ahead of him during a battle with the other Ferrari.

“We did a little sandwich with Kimi [Raikkonen] at that moment but everything was fine,” said Alonso.

He moved up into fifth after passing Daniel Ricciardo in the final laps.

“To be honest I had a big advantage from the tyres,” Alonso admitted. “I had a fresh tyre from the pit lane and Daniel was struggling a little bit with the grip.”

“So I just wait my opportunity, three or four laps, and then I attack, I pass. I think next time when we battle will be more equal.”

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