Rivals need to pressure Mercedes into a mistake – Alonso

Fernando Alonso says Red Bull and Ferrari need to start pressuring Mercedes into mistakes, starting this weekend in Monaco.

Alonso is currently third in the standings behind the Mercedes drivers, but already has a 51-point gap to Lewis Hamilton after five races. Alonso believes Monaco could be an opportunity for the chasing pack to get put pressure on Mercedes and has singled out Red Bull as the team with the best opportunity.

“This year I think Monte Carlo will be one of the few opportunities maybe to challenge Mercedes, especially for Red Bull,” Alonso said. “In the corners they [Red Bull] are very fast but on the straights they seem to lose a lot of lap time, but in Monte Carlo there are no straights so maybe Red Bull could challenge Mercedes there. We will see. We need to have a strong weekend and obviously in Monte Carlo there is no room for mistake if you touch the walls, so we need some good points in Monte Carlo.”
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