The Ferrari-an scored consistently good qualifying lap times in Valencia and Silverstone, positioning his improved F10 right behind the two Red Bulls, but his race performances were troubled by unfortunate events – the safety car fiasco in Spain and a drive-through penalty in Great Britain. Consequently, he slipped to 5th overall in the drivers classification but, more importantly, sits almost 2 races wins away from championship leader Lewis Hamilton.
Alonso's optimism in the 2010 campaign was not heavily affected though, as he insisted the performances shown by his Ferrari in the past few races give him hope for the second half of the season.
“I think we lacked points in Valencia and Silverstone, but these are some moments of the championship where we needed to show that we want the championship and that we are a contender. I am more convinced than before this race that we will win the championship,” said the Spaniard after the race, which he started off poorly with clutch problems.
“We had some clutch problems all weekend. The start from the formation lap and at the end of the pit lane were not good either, so we were not full of confidence for the start, and unfortunately it was true,” added Alonso, who finished the race in 14th place.
As revealed several times through the course of this past few weeks, Ferrari's development programme will include several updates for each race from now on, so the F10 is expected to feature some new parts during the upcoming German Grand Prix also, at Hockenheim. As expressed by team principal Stefano Domenicali prior to the Silverstone weekend, a win in the upcoming two races is a must for the Scuderia, as F1 will enter its traditional summer break after the Hungarian GP, scheduled for late July.