Formula One: Alonso warns Ferrari he must beat Vettel
BUDAPEST (AFP) - Fernando Alonso claimed on Thursday that it is imperative he beats defending triple world champion Sebastian Vettel in this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix - if he wants to avoid enduring a miserable summer holiday.
The two-time champion Spaniard is 34 points behind the German while his team Ferrari lag 70 points behind Vettel's Red Bull outfit in the constructors' championship as Formula One approaches its mid-season European summer break.
Alonso told reporters at the Hungaroring that another defeat by the rampant Vettel and Red Bull might be very difficult to respond to when the Ferrari factory reopens in August.
He said: "A good result is important because it is the summer break now and it will be good for the motivation of the team and our focus if we can close the gap with Sebastian a little before the break.