Fernando Alonso feels that Alpine can target Ferrari on tracks which are hard on the tyres as he looks to beat Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz in back to back weekends at the Styrian GP.
Alonso finished eighth on Sunday at Paul Ricard and has highlighted Ferrari's tyre wear issues as a potential target for Alpine to take advantage of.
“In qualifying, they are four tenths or half a second faster," Alonso told RacingNews365.com and other select members of the press.
"But then in the race, there are some circuits [where] they are very hard on tyres like a Portimao or here, and we have the chance to to fight with them, which is always nice.
“We saw in the street circuits, I think, that amount of energy that they put on the tyre is a help in some of the street circuits. We saw Leclerc on pole position in in Monaco and Baku.
“On some of the circuits it is a disadvantage so we benefit from that. But we still need to work on trying to understand this tyre.
“It felt nice to finish in front of the Ferrari, but at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter who is in front, you try to score points."
Alpine are seventh in the Constructors' Standings and Alonso thinks that the team need to iron out their inconsistencies to move up the pecking order.
"At the moment we are behind Aston Martin and AlphaTauri," said Alonso. They are very strong so it's going be interesting in the Constructors' Championship.
"We have been a little bit too much up and down, especially as I said in Baku and Monaco. We felt uncompetitive, and we don't want to feel uncompetitive anywhere, we want to be as consistent as possible."