Fernando Alonso: Ferrari can mount title challenge
Thursday 21 March 2013
Fernando Alonso expects his Ferrari team to push Kimi Raikkonen and Lotus all the way in Malaysia on Sunday.
The Spaniard finished in second place behind Raikkonen in Australia but admitted he has been encouraged enough by their performance to mount a serious challenge to win his third world title after success in 2005 and 2006.
"We have a more or less competitive car. In Australia everything worked quite fine for us and we showed a good potential," he said.
"But it is true that Australia's circuit is a very strange and very unusual circuit. This weekend is for us a little bit of a confirmation. We need to confirm the car is performing well after some positive feelings in winter and some positive feelings in Australia."
Alonso added: "This is a very real test for us. We want a clear weekend and a very good result and again a podium will be a very good target to achieve."
Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel was third in Australia after encountering tyre problems. He expects those to have been resolved for Sunday's race at Sepang.
"We still managed to get a very good result but we didn't have enough pace, for which there is a direct link to tyre degradation to beat the two cars in front of us," he said.
QPR vs Arsenal match report: Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez on the scoresheet for the Gunners
Newcastle 0 Manchester United 1: Louis van Gaal describes performance as 'maybe our best match of the season'
Cristiano Ronaldo: Real Madrid superstar 'sends his hair stylist to look after his waxwork once a month'
Newcastle vs Manchester United match report: Ashley Young scores late winner as Angel Di Maria fails to shine yet again
Arsenal's Gabriel suffers 36th-minute hamstring injury and is subbed off...Twitter reacts
- 1 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 2 Drugs Live cannabis trial: Hash is less harmful than any other drug, expert claims
- 3 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
- 4 African jawbone discovery pushes birth of humanity back by 400,000 years
- 5 The 'sex selfie stick' lets you FaceTime the inside of a vagina
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'
Boris Nemtsov shot dead: Outspoken Putin critic who had expressed fears for his life is killed near the Kremlin