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Fernando Alonso rules out podium finish at home race

The Spaniard says it would be a lie to tell fans he is fighting for a podium finish.
Thursday, May 8, 2014

BARCELONA, 8th May 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Fernando Alonso has ruled out a podium finish at this home race.

The Spaniard said that he would be lying to fans if he said he was fighting for a podium finish and didn’t want to disappoint them.

“We cannot start the weekend thinking to be on the podium. Or thinking to win the race. That will be creating false targets for everyone who will come here.” Alonso said during the Drivers Press Conference.

“We will do our best but we know it is going to be a tough weekend and it’s not going to be easy.”

“But you never know, this is sport and anything can happen but today, sitting here, if I tell you that I will fight for the podium, probably I will lie to you and I don’t want to do so for all the people coming.”

The Maranello based team have had a tough season so far and hope their new upgrades will make a difference, though Alonso doesn’t expect them to make a drastic difference.

“We bring some new parts but nothing out of this world.” The double world champion said.

“I don’t think we will be different compared to any other top team in terms of what we bring here, or even less. We need to see.”

The Spaniard’s last race win was last years Spanish Grand Prix.

Following a tough start to the season Stefano Domenicali resigned as Ferrari’s Team Principal and was replaced by Marco Mattiaci.

Alonso said everything at Maranello was calm and it was too soon to expect to see noticeable changes.

“Everything is more or less the same. I have been in Maranello last week. Everything is calm and no big changes,” he said.

“In the two or three weeks that he’s in the job, nothing really has changed at the moment. He needs more time.”

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