Alonso: A trial by fire in Malaysia
19 March 2012 – Ferrari was reasonably satisfied after the Australian Grand Prix, a race which always was set to be a damage limitation exercise. After a disastrous qualifying session, Fernando Alonso scored ten points for fifth place. However, the Spaniard admits that this weekend’s encounter at Sepang could be even more difficult.
“We still have a lot of work to do to reach those who are ahead of us; not just McLaren and Red Bull, but also Mercedes and Lotus. We are probably a second off pole and there are seven or eight teams who are all very close to one another.
“In one sense that’s good news because, if we can improve by a few tenths, we can make up a few places. Next week in Malaysia will be a trial by fire because Sepang is a very demanding circuit, for the cars and the tyres.”
Since testing began in February, Ferrari has suffered from a significant lack of rear downforce – proven by both Alonso and Felipe Massa, who both spun off the Albert Park circuit over the course of the season-opening race weekend.