Alonso says monthlong break could help Ferrari

Formula One leader Fernando Alonso says the monthlong break after the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday will give his Ferrari team an opportunity to improve its cars for the second half of the season.

Alonso, who has won two of the past three races, said Thursday that Ferrari's lack of speed at the start of the season had been "a little bit of a surprise, in a bad way."

The Spaniard says the team should be able to "find some extra performance that at the moment we are missing" during the weeks off until the Belgian GP on Sept. 2.

Alonso has three wins and 154 points so far this season. He leads Red Bull duo of Mark Webber and two-time defending champion Sebastian Vettel by more than 30 points.