But after the Spaniard finished a lowly fourteenth at Silverstone, he said a rapid late-season ascent to the podium, as in 2008, is possible but not likely.

Fernando Alonso is hoping a "magic" step forward can turn his 2009 Renault into a winning car.

But after the Spaniard finished a lowly fourteenth at Silverstone, he said a rapid late-season ascent to the podium, as in 2008, is possible but not likely.

"Last year we were in more or less the same position but suddenly we introduced changes that allowed us to win. Now we are hoping for another magic step," Alonso, 27, told Spain's Diario AS.

He added: "But I know that in reality it is really difficult to do something this year and it is necessary to think about the future."

Alonso said seeing F1's current and former world champions ninth (Alonso), tenth (Raikkonen) and eleventh (Hamilton) in the drivers' standings is akin to an "upside down" world championship.