Fernando Alonso has delivered a confusing appraisal of the competitive situation at Silverstone.
After commenting negatively about Renault’s prospects against Ferrari in the British grand prix, the Spaniard later enthused that he believed Michelin has produced the best tyre for the race.
”It’s still a little bit early to say,” the 24-year-old said following Friday practice, ”but it looks as if Michelin has a small tyre advantage.”
Alonso added: ”I believe that we will be fighting for pole with Ferrari as our main opponent.”
For Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher, however – at 21 points behind his blue-clad rival in the championship stakes – finishing second to Alonso on Sunday is not an option.
The team’s technical director, Ross Brawn, even admitted that he would not be upset if Alonso’s quest for Silverstone victory went up in a cloud of smoke.
The Ferrari man said: ”Not wishing it on him too strongly, but it would be nice if he didn’t finish.
”If both finish (on Sunday),” Brawn added, ”then it’s going to be a very hard slog for us for the rest of the year.”