“If you think that, of the first six races, four times I found myself last or thereabouts after the opening laps and I am third in the world championship, three points off the leader, I have no reason not to be confident,” Alonso added.
Alonso started the season in method, winning the season opener in Bahrain. Since then, but, he has only once completed on the podium after a string of unsatisfactory results. After the dominant performance of Red Bull over the last two races, Alonso highlighted the importance of finishing the gap during a indicator weekend for the team.
“Istanbul will be a very important race for us, not just for this championship, but also in terms of the history of Ferrari, as it will be the Scuderia’s 800th grand prix. That will be a further motivating factor to get a good result and try and make it to the podium, hopefully ahead of the Red Bulls. “The team has worked very hard in the days following the Monaco Grand Prix and I leave for Turkey in a confident and optimistic mood.”