Fernando Alonso has dismissed as ‘idiotic’ any suggestion that he is in the running to win today’s United States GP.
Until Saturday at Indianapolis, the title leading Spaniard had been F1’s dominant force, but – on superior Bridgestone tyres – Michael Schumacher and Ferrari have sped away with a clear advantage this weekend.
”No, no,” 24-year-old Alonso told newspaper ‘AS’ when asked if he could win from fifth on the grid.
”Ferrari are untouchable here and if they are reliable and do not crash then their race will be more or less the same as last year — out on their own.
”We are not going to just give up and not try but to think that we are going to beat them would be idiotic.”
Alonso admitted that, tyres aside, one of Ferrari’s advantages this weekend is mammoth straight-line speed. He said it felt like he was ‘driving a GP2 car’ when, at one stage at Indy, a Ferrari passed him.
”But we’re not worried,” he insisted. ”Other tracks like Magny Cours will suit us.”
His Renault chief, Pat Symonds, told a similar tale. ”You can’t win every race,” said the Briton.