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Motorsport | Formula 1

Fernando Alonso © Gallo Images

Alonso looks for love in cold climate



Fernando Alonso is hoping that the sizzling heatwave in central Europe is replaced by cooler conditions on Sunday to give his Ferrari team renewed hope at the German Grand Prix.

A break in the weather with storms followed by a cooler spell is needed if the Italians are to shine in Sunday's 67-lap race, he suggested after qualifying only seventh on Saturday.

Alonso has won three times at Hockenheim, including his last victory with Ferrari two years ago.

"Cooler temperatures this year seem to have an effect on us being a little bit more competitive. We have a lot of tyre degradation, especially at the rear, because we spin the tyres with the lack of down force.

"When it's hot this effect is a little bit bigger. I think in qualifying with the new tyres you mask some of the problems with the grip of the tyres.

"So I expect tomorrow to be a little bit tougher than the performance we showed today."

On Saturday, when the air temperature rose to 34 degrees Celsius and track to 55 degrees, Nico Rosberg claimed a dominant pole position for Mercedes.

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