Ferrari F10 An unhappy Fernando Alonso has conceded that Ferrari has been left behind in the 2010 development race by its chief rivals, McLaren and Red Bull Racing.

Despite running close to the pace of the front-running Red Bulls in the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix – a race he lucked into winning by dint of a spark plug failure to Sebastian Vettel – the team has not had a strong start to its 2010 championship campaign.

After a woeful showing at the last round in Turkey, where he failed to make it into the final stage of qualifying and toured around to finish in 8th place, France’s Auto Hebdo is quoting the Spaniard as saying: “The F10 has not changed since the Chinese Grand Prix.”

Despite being one of the first teams to follow McLaren’s path in developing its own iteration of the ‘F-duct’, the double World Champion believes it has “not delivered everything that we expected, and has monopolised the efforts of the aero engineers” into being able to deliver further updates to the F10 chassis.

However, it is believed that the torment being dished out to Alonso and his team-mate Felipe Massa might soon come to an end, where a major B-spec upgrade is expected for the European Grand Prix in Valencia at the end of the month.

“We are putting everything into this programme, knowing that the gap between us and Red Bull and McLaren is wide,” added Fernando.

Meanwhile, Massa is assuming a more positive outlook for this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix, believing that the circuit’s stop-start nature and slow corners – not too dissimilar to the characteristics of Bahrain, it would seem – may actually better suit the Ferraris than has proven to be the case at previous events.

Either way, Ferrari seriously needs to improve its form in its 801st Grand Prix!

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.