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VIDEO: Ferrari must be “flexible” tomorrow, says Alonso

Jul 27, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

With high temperatures expected for tomorrow’s Hungarian Grand Prix, everyone will be watching to see how the new Pirelli tires will hold up in the blistering heat. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso says those variables mean that his squad must be ready to change their plans on the fly during tomorrow’s event.

“The strategy will be very open, the tires are new for everyone and the high track temperature means we need to think of a strategy that can be modified at any moment,” Alonso said after qualifying fifth for tomorrow’s race. “The podium is always our target and I feel we can fight for it, even though we know it won’t be easy with such strong competition ahead of us.”

But while it’s still hard to predict how the new tires will fare, the Hungaroring’s notoriously difficult nature shall remain a constant throughout the Grand Prix. For Alonso, picking off positions during the rush down to the first corner will be important if he wants to have a puncher’s chance of cutting into Sebastian Vettel’s sizable championship lead this weekend.

“…We must look carefully at the start to try and make up a few places then and, on this front, the extra grip from being on the clean side should help,” Alonso said. “Here, it is hard to overtake in the race and so it’s even more important to try and make up ground immediately, particularly if we want to prevent Vettel from increasing his lead.”

  1. seattletony - Jul 28, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    Would it cause too much harm for you guys (NBC corporate) to put more F1 races on your broadcast stations instead of cable in 2014? I’m assuming that your NASCAR offerings beginning in 2015 will be heavily skewed towards broadcast, so why not try to bring in a larger/cross audience in 2015 with, lets say, a time delayed F1 broadcast in 2014? Think of it: “NBC, your home for motorsport”. It would get people used to it prior to the 2015 switch. For what it’s worth, I’m one of the many racing fans who will watch any race series/sporting event that isn’t being broadcast on FOX…

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