Alonso says Ferrari must improve for Malaysia
16 March 2014 – Fernando Alonso says that Ferrari must improve after the Spaniard finished in fifth place at the Australian Grand Prix.
Alonso started the race from fifth place and spent a lot of time behind Force India’s Nico Hülkenberg.
Alonso jumped Hülkenberg during the second pit stop phase but lost track position to Jenson Button, as the McLaren driver used the undercut to move into fourth.
"We all had problems probably but at the end of the day both Ferraris crossed the line which is a good effort," he said.
"But on the other hand we finished 35 seconds behind the leader [Nico Rosberg] and we need to improve this for Malaysia. After the first race you have a little bit of a better picture after running behind other people but we need to analyse and take care of every detail."
Kimi Räikkönen finished in eighth place after a difficult race. The Finn was hit at the first corner by Caterham's Kamui Kobayashi and ran off track on a couple of occasions.
"We had some issues but I don't know really," he said when asked about specific problems with the F14 T. "A lot of things happened. We cannot be happy with the positions we finished but at least we got something out of it.
"We got hit at the first corner, then the car was running well, then we lost one place in the pit stop because we had to double stack the cars.
"I lost one place in the mistake, the car felt good at some points but it was tricky at other points. The good thing is we ran the whole race and got some points."