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Alonso: Ferrari can turn fortunes around 10 Jun 2010

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Turkish Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Istanbul Park, Turkey, Saturday, 29 May 2010 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F10.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Turkish Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Istanbul Park, Turkey, Saturday, 29 May 2010 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F10.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Turkish Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Istanbul Park, Turkey, Saturday, 29 May 2010 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari with the media after an early exit from qualifying.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Turkish Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Istanbul Park, Turkey, Saturday, 29 May 2010

With just one win and a 26-point deficit to championship leaders Red Bull in the 2010 standings, Ferrari have not enjoyed the best of starts to the season. However, driver Fernando Alonso remains confident his team can get on top of their development struggles and reverse their fortunes as the calendar’s midpoint approaches.

At the last race in Turkey, Alonso struggled in qualifying to such an extent that he failed to make it through to Q3 and started the race from 12th. He eventually finished eighth, just behind team mate Felipe Massa, but the Spaniard only posted the 11th fastest race lap and was almost nine-tenths down on Istanbul Park’s quickest man, Renault’s Vitaly Petrov.

“I feel there is a great desire to turn things round after the difficult weekend in Turkey and everyone has reacted in the way I was expecting,” Alonso said on Ferrari’s official website. “Within Ferrari there is a passion for racing, which is something I realised from my very first day at Maranello and I am well aware that no one likes losing and that everyone is pushing to the maximum to give us drivers a competitive car.”

The F10’s lack of performance, and in particular the success (or otherwise) of their version of McLaren’s F-duct, has led many to question the team’s development programme. But Alonso is sure the ongoing work back at the factory will pay off and is certain that Ferrari’s interpretation of the blown rear wing device will eventually come good.

“In recent days there has been a lot of talk about us being late in terms of the development of our car,” he continued. “It’s not right to say development stopped after Bahrain. It’s a fact that in the first four races the distance in terms of tenths to the Red Bull has always been around the three to four tenths mark. They brought updates to every race, and so did we, which means that our work was at least as effective as theirs.

“What is true is that, in Spain, we did not make the step forward we were expecting, while the others made more progress than us. That explains the difficulties we experienced in Barcelona and, above all, in Istanbul. As for the blown rear wing, I think it has been useful to work on it, even if we have not yet got the most out of it. Furthermore, I can see that other teams who are working hard on it are also struggling a lot, while those who had it on their car right from the start still have a clear advantage.”

Alonso, who will be back in action on Friday for first practice at the Canadian Grand Prix, is hopeful the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve should suit the F10. As a result, he is expecting the team to be much stronger in Montreal this weekend.

“I have every confidence in our team and I am convinced that here in Canada we will see a different situation to the one we had in Turkey,” he concluded. “This track has more in common with those where we have been more competitive so far this season and I think we will be in the hunt."