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Alonso unimpressed by Red Bull pace

Mar 28, 2013, 4:00 PM EST

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Despite trailing SebastianVettel by 22 points in the drivers’ championship, Fernando Alonso has said that he is unimpressed by Red Bull’s pace in the first two races.

“I don’t think Red Bull was too impressive.

“In Australia they dominated all sessions and had a pretty spectacular pace, [in the Malaysian GP] we knew they had problems with degradation and in fact Mercedes was fighting with them until the end.”

When speaking to Autosport, Alonso expressed his confidence in Ferrari’s 2013 title challenge, despite his failure to finish in Malaysia.

“I think we could have been on the podium [in Malaysia]. If we have a weekend with normal conditions, let’s hope we have a good qualifying and pick up good points.

“In China and Bahrain we were ninth and seventh last year, so this year is relatively easy to improve on that, and if we arrive in Europe with three podiums it will be good for our morale.”

Ferrari’s 2012 campaign was hindered by their car, but Alonso managed to finish second in the championship, just three points behind eventual champion Vettel. Therefore, the start the team has made encourages the 2005 and 2006 world champion, although he did admit the first few races are difficult to judge.

“The first two races have been very unstable and we don’t really know the positions of the cars yet. We haven’t seen anyone’s potential yet in qualifying and we don’t really knew where we are.”

Ferrari’s gamble with Alonso failed to pay off in Malaysia, with the team opting not to pit the Spaniard despite his front wing suffering damage on lap one of the race. On lap two, the front wing came loose and went underneath Alonso’s car, causing him to career into the gravel and retire from the race. However, if Ferrari can perform well in China and Bahrain, they will be well placed to challenge Red Bull for the title in 2013.

  1. thehighcountrybear - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    That probably explains the why and how of his managing to rear-end Vettel last go round…

    Great driver, one of my favourites no doubt…could be he and Vettel end up being teammates?

  2. ryanrockzzz - Mar 29, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    Also explains his refusal to pit that smoking mess of a car he tried to drive around after doing it.

  3. techmeister1 - Mar 30, 2013 at 3:24 AM

    It looked to me like Vettel did a brake check on Alonso but who knows? Alonos did a heck of a job of driving with the damaged front wing until it shattered. It was a calculated risk that would not have been necessay if not for the torrential rain in Malaysia.

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