Ferrari not yet the car to beat – Alonso
Ferrari have displayed strong long-run pace so far this season, even if Alonso lost out to Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen in the season-opening race in Australia.
The double world champion crashed out of the race early on in Malaysia so there was no clear indication of how he would have run, but he bounced back with a win in China, finishing ten seconds ahead of Raikkonen with pace to spare.
“I think we still don’t have the advantage from the car that people try to see after one victory,” Alonso told reporters in Bahrain.
“I think in Australia we were clearly not the quickest. In Malaysia we were struggling a little bit especially in qualifying… and then in China looking at the race pace I think Sebastian was the quickest in China all through the race.”
Ferrari’s 2013 campaign has gotten off to a much more competitive start compared to last season, when they were one-and-a-half seconds off the pace at the beginning of the year, and Alonso is hoping the F-138 can be the car to beat when the Formula One circus moves to Europe .
“I think we need to keep improving and we need to be a little bit faster. There are some new pieces coming for this race.”
“There are also some new components coming for Barcelona and Monaco so hopefully in the next month, month and a half we can be at the level of the best cars.”
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