jueves, 31 de mayo de 2007

Ferrari favourites for next races

Championship leader Fernando Alonso says Ferrari are the favourites for F1's upcoming trek to North America.

The Spaniard pointed out that while his Mercedes-powered team slaughtered the opposition on the streets of Monte Carlo, Ferrari's recent record - particularly at Indianapolis - means that the red team could soon be back on top.

"We hope it can be different this year," Alonso told the newspaper Diario As, "because we now all go there with the same tyres."

He insisted: "But Ferrari usually win at Indianapolis and so I believe that they go there starting as the favourites - and the same for Canada.

Indeed, while Ferrari have not triumphed in Monaco since 2001, the Maranello based team has won the United States Grand Prix for the past five years running.

Testing in low downforce trim at Paul Ricard ahead of Monaco, Raikkonen topped the timesheets on both days. After Monte Carlo, Ferrari lie 20 points behind McLaren in the constructors' championship standings.