Fernando Alonso admits Ferrari just didn't have a frontrunning pace in the Monaco GP
Spaniard now over a full race victory behind Vettel in the standings
By Pete Gill
Last Updated: 26/05/13 7:20pm
Despite only lining up in sixth place for Sunday's grand prix, Alonso had been expected to feature prominently in the battle for a podium finish on account of the Ferrari's tendency to be far more competitive in race trim than in qualifying.
Instead, the Spaniard was a peripheral figure, losing track time to the frontrunners before losing track position to Adrian Sutil and Jenson Button, as well as a fired-up Perez, on a day of frustration for the Ferrari driver.
"With a bit of Perez's car in our front-wing we lost a bit of aerodynamic performance in the last part of the race, but even in the first part of the race, when everything was normal, we just didn't have the pace," a forlorn Alonso admitted to Sky Sports F1 after crossing the line in seventh place.
"We need to understand why it happened and when we are back to Canada then I hope that everything will be back to normal."
With Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel extending his lead of the Drivers' World Championship after finishing second to race victor Nico Rosberg, Alonso now trails the reigning champion by 29 points.
On a day to forget for Ferrari, who last won at Monaco over a decade ago, Felipe Massa was involved in his second high-speed crash of the weekend entering the first corner in the opening stages of the race.
The Brazilian was taken to hospital as a precaution following the accident, but was released on Sunday evening.