Fernando Alonso says his Ferrari team needs a faster car "immediately" if it is to have a chance of fighting for this year's championships following a poor start to the season.
"Well, it is true that we need to reorganize a little bit inside the team and I am sure that we will do that very quickly because we cannot lose any time," Alonso told reporters on Wednesday in Monaco.
"We need a quicker car immediately to fight for the championship and we will see what we can do. Next year we need to start with a better performance because in 2010 and this year in 2011 we seemed to lose too many points at the beginning of the championship."
However, he refused to rule out fighting for the championship, as he insists it is too early in the season.
"One of the most important things is that we are in race five, we only did five races," he said. "No one can say bye bye to the championship in race five. We need to be confident that we can improve the situation, that we can get good results.
"I remain optimistic that we can turn it around, but it is true also that we need immediately to have a competitive car. At the moment, we are struggling too much be a title contender. We are fighting for fifth and sixth positions, and like this it is impossible to fight. There is plenty of time but we need a better car in the next coming races."
The Spaniard also gave his backing to the team's decision to restructure its technical department by changing the role of technical director Aldo Costa. It is understood Costa's departure came after Stefano Domenicali reacted to the poor start of the season, giving his thoughts about a possible restructuring in consultation with di Montezemolo a month ago. Alonso said he had "full confidence" in Domenicali's decisions.
"We trust what the team does and we have full confidence in Stefano's decisions, and what is best for Ferrari. The only thing I can say is that I feel a very positive atmosphere today, between the track people, and it is a step to move forward and the team, I'm sure. All the decisions we make are for the best interests of the team and I am sure this is another one. I have full confidence in this decision and full confidence in the future."
He added: "We saw the difficult start to the season, we saw the difficult performance from the car, and we need a reaction, we need something to make some direction change, and this was maybe the best thing and hopefully in the future we can be more competitive."
The Ferrari driver, who finished a lap down in the Spanish Grand Prix, is confident he will enjoy a stronger outing in Monaco this weekend.
"I think Monaco is so different compared to any other circuit that we always see some surprises here. I remember the Williams being very quick always here in 2004/2005/2006 and even 2008 I think Nico [Rosberg] did a very good race here, and I am confident.
"I think in Spain we were not very competitive but this is a completely different track so we will try to do our best here. Maybe aerodynamics are less important in this circuit, so hopefully we can have a good weekend and score many points."