HUNGARORING, July 24, 2014 (F1plus/Graham Keilloh).- In the midst of another difficult season with Ferrari, Fernando Alonso doesn’t anticipate matters being much different in Hungary this weekend.
Upon being asked if he expected any sort of upturn, due perhaps to the tight nature of the Hungaroring track, Alonso said “Not really, the car will be identical to Hockenheim with only four days (since that race). The circuit layout is not particularly good probably for us with a traction-demanding circuit.”
He did note that this year had already contained plenty of surprises. “On the other hand every race (this year) has been a little bit of a surprise; some circuits we hoped to more competitive and we were less, others less.
“So we just go into the weekend with some positive mood and we see what is the final result, but the picture should not change too much compared with the last couple of races.”
Alonso did think changes elsewhere in the order may be possible at the tight Hungary track.
“Probably Red Bull will be a little bit more competitive with less engine demand here, we see Williams with a circuit that requires good traction and good aerodynamics if they can keep their good form.”
Alonso also insisted that his relationship with team mate Kimi Raikkonen is a good and productive one.
“Definitely we work a lot together, the meetings (with the team) are quite long this year because we have a lot of things to sort out after the races, and we’re constantly making our suggestions and our comments from what we see on the track that will help the engineers transfer back to Maranello to translate those comments into ideas for the car.
“It’s not a big change compared with the work that I have done with Felipe or other team mates.”
When asked what the biggest surprise generally had been this season for him, Alonso’s answer was unequivocal. “Mercedes has surprised everybody…and also a motivation for us because we have to do a much better job.”