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Alonso: We need to improve a lot

Fernando Alonso says Ferrari has to work hard to improve ahead of the new F1 season
Fernando Alonso has admitted that Ferrari has to 'improve a lot' as the start of the new F1 season draws ever closer.

The new F2012 has struggled for performance during pre-season testing in Spain, leaving the Scuderia on the back foot heading into the Australian Grand Prix.

Technical director Pat Fry has already questioned whether or not a podium finish will be achievable in the early stages of the season and while other teams have refused to count the team out of the equation, Alonso insisted there was a lot of work to be done.

“It is always difficult to draw conclusions from testing,” he said. “Everyone works according to their own programme and you cannot make a true comparison. We definitely still need to improve a lot, working on our understanding of the F2012, adapting my driving style to a new car which, with the loss of aerodynamic downforce at the rear and the new Pirelli tyres, is a bit harder to drive. We know in which direction we need to go in terms of car development and that's an important step.

“Sure, we will have to grit our teeth for the first few races, but first of all, we have to see exactly where we are in terms of being competitive and then give our all to bring home as many points as possible in this early stage of the championship. I know the fans always expect to hear me say that we can obtain such and such a result, but the truth is that we cannot say with certainty where we are. We must wait until Saturday evening at six, after qualifying and a bit longer still, until after this first run of races outside Europe.”

Alonso added that it was important for the team not to panic as it works to resolve its current issues.

“We have to stay cool and calm and take one step at a time, starting with the race in Melbourne, where we will get an initial impression,” he said. “Once we know where we stand, then we can set ourselves more precise targets. One thing's for sure, with the will to win that inhabits everyone at Ferrari and with the history we have behind us, we feel a responsibility to do well: for us, for our fans and for our partners and that goes for all of us.

“We must all pull together to reach this target.”




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jose - Unregistered

March 13, 2012 10:25 PM

richards, " a person with little grip in one hand would be able to drive a kart". Very true if the Kart was designed for a 7-10 yr. old child. A performance cart is a whole different Dog baby.. Have you ever driven a performance Kart..Willing to bet Not! Jose

elijah

March 13, 2012 5:15 PM
Last Edited 767 days ago

"Yesterday 10.3.2012 at 1600 MyKart was present at a most welcome and prestigious guest, Formula 1 driver "Robert Kubica". He 'was brought to Montecatini by some of his friends and was delighted with the track .... He immediately touched the track record." This just goes to show what poor judgement Jaime Alguersuari made by saying of Kubica, "he cannot take a glass and drink". Alguersuari's source is not worth a glass of milk.



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