Fernando Alonso will receive a hero's welcome as tens of thousands of fans flock to the Spanish Grand Prix to urge their favourite on. However, that support was not improve the Ferrari driver's hopes of a podium place.

He told reporters: "We will do our best but we know it will be a tough weekend. Today, sitting here, if I tell you I will fight for the podium, I would lie to you and I don't want to do that for all the people coming," said Alonso.

The 32-year-old has endured a tough start to the 2014 season, with Ferrari failing to provide the two-time world champions with a car befitting his status.

A season's best third place finish in China last time out has seen a change of team principal for the Scuderia but judging by Alonso's words there is unlikely to be any improvement as Formula 1 comes back to its European roots.

"We're not in a position we're happy with. We have some deficit to the top teams, especially Mercedes.

"We'll try to decrease that gap and get closer, but to do that we need to make bigger steps than the other teams."

Alonso's team mate Kimi Raikkonen has also found the going tough and indicates why the Italian team find themselves fourth in the Constructors' table, behind Mercedes, Red Bull and Force India.

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