Ferrari need to react faster, says Alonso

Sat Jul 5, 2014 12:50pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

SILVERSTONE England (Reuters) - Ferrari need to be faster off the track as well as on it, Fernando Alonso said on Saturday after the team reacted slowly to changing weather conditions in British Grand Prix qualifying and paid the price.

The Spaniard qualified a distant 19th, with team mate Kimi Raikkonen 20th of 22 drivers, after the Italian team made a series of wrong calls on tyre selection on a wet and gusty afternoon.

Alonso will move up to 17th and Raikkonen 19th after penalties are applied to other drivers.

It was the first time since 2010 that Alonso had failed to make it through the first phase of qualifying that normally separates the tail-enders from the rest.

Both the Williams cars, who had started the previous race on the front row, also failed to make it through the opening session.

"We need to do better next time. I think the bigger teams have longer procedures than smaller teams, so we need to speed up some of the communications and some of the things that we do," Alonso told reporters.

"At complicated moments like this, you need to fit the right tyres at the right time, but luck definitely plays a part," he said.

Technical head Pat Fry said qualifying, after Alonso had been third fastest in Friday practice, was bitterly disappointing.   Continued...

Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain looks on during final practice ahead of the British Grand Prix at the Silverstone Race Circuit, central England, July 5, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Hackett