Fernando Alonso can't afford another no-score in China in two weeks time, Ferrari team principal, Stefano Domenicali has said.
Alonso started the new 2013 F1 season strongly in his Ferrari F138 and took a second place finish in Australia.
However, Malaysia didn't go so well and the Spaniard left empty-handed, crashing out on the second lap, when his front wing collapsed at the end of the start-finish straight, a result of contact with Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel going into turn 2 at the start.
Looking to the third round in the championship, Domenicali added that the Maranello-based team must keep progressing if they are to make up ground in the Drivers' and Constructors' Championships.
“It is clear that Shanghai is a different track again, where we must bring developments to the car and make the most of what we already have so we can maximise the whole package,” Domenicali told Ferrari's official website.
“Ideally we would love to get back on track straightaway to take away the bad mood caused by Malaysia. Unfortunately there is a break first, where, we must get everything back in order and concentrate hard because we can't lose points there too.”
“The most important thing is to understand the real performance level of the car. That is certainly positive, but we must keep making steps forward,” he continued. “It is important to understand the tyres [too], because that will be the theme of this year.
“There will be plenty of races, where we see, like the one in Malaysia, a skewed picture of who picks up important points. Hopefully this will happen to other teams too because seeing the situation at some of the other teams, there will certainly be plenty of tension.
“I don't want to talk about the others [too much though]. I want to stay focused on our own team and then if others have problems we must profit from them.”
Meanwhile, Domenicali added that in his opinion Alonso would have been a real contender at Sepang, but for that incident at the start.
“I think he could have done very well and we could certainly have achieved our goals. But there's a marathon ahead of us and what is important is to turn the page and forget Malaysia. It is a long championship and we must keep our heads up,” he concluded.