Fernando Alonso says ninth place in the Bahrain Grand Prix was a reflection of Ferrari's level at present.

Having started from ninth, Alonso ultimately didn't make any progress in the race as Mercedes, Force India, Red Bull and Williams all finished with both cars ahead of Ferrari. Alonso said the result shows that the team had the fifth fastest car in Bahrain due to the circuit characteristics and praised Ferrari for getting the most out of the F14 T.

"Today's race was complicated for us, even if we knew what to expect because, with its long straights, this track shows up our weak points," Alonso said. "The team did a super job and sorted the problem I had yesterday in the final part of qualifying and the start and strategy were perfect.

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"The Safety Car helped us make up a bit of ground on the cars ahead of us and also allowed us to save fuel, but it was not enough to change the result, with eight cars ahead of us doing a better job."

While satisfied Ferrari maximised the car it has at present, he has challenged the team to use this week's post-race test to start making big improvements.

"Although we did all we could, we can't be happy with our level of performance and now our sole focus must be on working day and night. The season is in its early stages and I think we can stage a recovery. We have the resources and the potential to do it and it's all down to us.

"Next week will be very important as we get back on track on Tuesday and Wednesday to test in preparation for the upcoming races. We have got a very aggressive programme, which we need as our rivals will not just be sitting back and watching."