MONACO – Ferrari’s fading Formula One season needs a boost at the Monaco Grand Prix, and Fernando Alonso’s encouraging form in practice has raised hopes he can beat Sebastian Vettel on Sunday.
But the two-time former F1 champion is wary Vettel may have been “hiding a bit” in Thursday’s two practice sessions, and fears Red Bull will hit top form in Saturday’s qualifying.
Vettel failed to take the pole position for the first time this season at last week’s Spanish Grand Prix, but the defending champion already leads Lewis Hamilton by 41 points after just five races.
Alonso, last year’s F1 runner-up, is 67 points behind the leader and desperately needs a win to get his title challenge back on track. The Spaniard’s best finish this year has been third in Turkey.