Alonso eager to improve qualifying pace
29 March 2011 – Fernando Alonso has placed particular emphasis on qualifying in his review of the Australian Grand Prix, with the Ferrari driver having started fifth on Sunday after managing a best Saturday effort which was nearly one and a half seconds slower than Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull.
“It wasn’t the start that we all wanted but nor is it anything to get worried about,” the Champion of 2005 and 2006 wrote on the Ferrari website. “12 points is not far below the World Champion’s average last year and two title contenders finished behind me.
“So, overall, the Australian Grand Prix can’t be defined as disastrous. Certainly, in qualifying we were very far from Vettel’s Red Bull and Hamilton’s McLaren but in the race the situation improved – perhaps not compared to Sebastian but certainly against the others.”
The Oviedo man is also lamenting his bad getaway off the starting grid: “The start was a pity; if I hadn’t found myself down in ninth place at the beginning of the first lap I’d have been able to fight to the finish for the two lower steps of the podium.”