Fernando Alonso insists that the result of the Australian Grand Prix isn't something for Ferrari to be too worried about, even if the outcome of the season opener wasn't what the team had hoped for.
Alonso only managed fifth on the grid at Albert Park before a poor start dropped him to ninth and left him with work to do on race day.
Although he bounced back to fourth place at the finish, Alonso insisted that the result wasn't what he had hoped to collect in the opening round of the year but said Ferrari will fight back in the upcoming events in Malaysia and China.
“It wasn't the start that we all wanted but nor is it anything to get worried about,” he said. “Twelve 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 far from Hamilton's McLaren but in the race the situation improved – perhaps not compared to Sebastian but certainly against the others. The start was a pity: if I hadn't found myself down in 9th 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.
“It's important to prepare very well for the next two rounds, which are back-to-back. They are both very demanding from the physical point of view, especially Sepang where we drive in very high temperatures.”