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Fernando Alonso has admitted that he could never have imagined winning this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix, with Ferrari currently struggling for raw pace with its 2012 contender. However, having mastered the wet conditions and held off Sauber's Sergio Pérez, the Spaniard won for the first time since Silverstone last season.
"Yeah definitely, it's a big surprise today with the win," Alonso said during the post-race press conference. "We were not competitive in Australia or here, so the goal was to score as many points as possible. Today we scored 25, so it's unbelieveable. It's a great job from the team, from the trackside we maximised our potential.
"We had a good qualifying going into Q3, and today we kept calm in extreme conditions. We switched tyres at the perfect moments, with perfect pit-stops as well Congratulations to team, they deserved it. This Sunday we will remember."
Looking ahead to the next round in China, Alonso says the triumph will not change anything at Ferrari, with the squad fully focused on making a consistent return to winning ways.
"It changes nothing, to be honest," he added. "We are in a position that we don't want to be in, fighting to get into Q3. We want to fight for pole positons and victories. Finding ourselves off the pace at the start of the season, we did not want to lose too many points to the leaders.
"So this is the positive news about these first two races, but coming to China, Bahrain and Barcelona there is a lot of stuff coming to the car."
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