Fernando Alonso says that in order for him to win the World Championship, Ferrari will need to further improve the F2012, despite the progress in recent races.
The Spaniard took his second win of the season in the European Grand Prix and now leads the championship by 20 points. Alonso, however, struggled in qualifying at Valencia and he said that there are a number of cars that are faster and that the priority must be to close the gap, although the gap is much closer than it was in Australia.
"We are quite happy now in terms of points because in terms of performance there are a few cars quicker than our car," he said. "We have to be honest with ourselves now we know there are a few cars quicker and we need to close the gap in the next few races if we want to fight for the championship.
"We are in race nine of 20, so at the moment championship points are important, but it is not our main priority. The first thing is to improve the car," added Alonso.
Despite this, the Spaniard said is happy with the progress the team is making, and thinks that Silverstone will suit the F2012.
"The job the team has done in the last three or four months, recovering 1.5 seconds that we were off the pace in Australia, so this is good news. Looking at the characteristics of the circuit, Silverstone should be a bit better for us, suit our car characteristics a bit better.
"As we saw at the beginning of the year in high-speed corners and at Mugello, the car was performing quite well. Hopefully we will see a good weekend for me and Felipe."