Fernando Alonso reckons Red Bull are the team to beat at the moment and have been since the Bahrain Grand Prix.
“It’s true that Red Bull have perhaps been quicker than everybody not just in the last two or three races but ever since Bahrain,” he told reporters at the Hockenheimring.
“They missed pole position in Barcelona and Silverstone but the rest of the poles have all been Red Bull. So they are definitely a bit ahead in terms of performance and we need to catch up.”
Alonso, who has scored the most points of any driver in the last six races, added: “In Formula 1 you are probably a better driver every year because you improve and you constantly learn from mistakes so I’m sure next year will be better. But it’s true that this championship has been good for us so far.
“I remember a mistake in Q2 in Australia where I touched the grass in Turn 1 and I spun. But apart from that mistake I probably wouldn’t change too many things about what I’ve done so far. This is good news because there are always mistakes here and there so I’m quite pleased with my performance.”
Alonso also said he’s at his physical peak at the moment: “Physically it’s my best year so far. In previous years I’ve had to race with pain, whether it’s in my leg or my shoulder, but so far this year it has been 100 percent in every race. Hopefully it will stay like this.”
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