Alonso heaps pressure on struggling Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso has piled further pressure on his struggling team-mate Kimi Raikkonen

The Spaniard has been in typically strong form this season, scoring points at every race despite his car not being on the leading pace. Alonso battled to fifth place in yesterday’s German Grand Prix to record his ninth top-six result of the season. He sits fourth in the drivers’ championship on 97 points and continues to earn praise for his driving.

Meanwhile Raikkonen has struggled badly in 2014. The Finn has just 19 points to his name and sits 12th in the standings having finished a distant 11th in yesterday’s race.

The resurgence of the Williams team has seen Ferrari slip to fourth in the constructors’ standings, just 18 points ahead of fifth-placed Force India. Had Raikkonen managed half the points Alonso has, the Scuderia would be a comfortable third.

And when speaking to Spain’s Marca newspaper yesterday, Alonso strongly implied that Raikkonen needs to up his game.

“In the constructors’ championship we have lost a bit of ground to Williams,” said the 32-year-old.

“We have only been able to count on one car again and we have to improve on that.”

Alonso’s thinking is clear: he is performing at or above the car’s level, while his team-mate is not - and it is costing Ferrari dear in the constructors’ championship.

After the race, Raikkonen explained that his strategy had been spoiled by damage sustained when battling with Alonso and Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel.

"We thought it was the right choice but I got hit twice, ended up in the middle of two cars and damaged my front wing. The endplate came off," reported the Finn.

"That didn't help. I killed the front left - the tyres were always okay except the front left. So I couldn't run as long as we wanted on the super-softs and just lost performance because of the damage to the car."

The Ferrari drivers will have a chance to take the fight to Williams at this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix, an event both men have won in the past.