Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Sepang, 2011

Alonso says Ferrari are not fast enough for win or pole

2011 Malaysian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Sepang, 2011
Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Sepang, 2011

Fernando Alonso admitted Ferrari face a “difficult weekend” following the first practice session in Malaysia.

Alonso said: “This is only the start of the season: we are not quick enough to fight for the win and pole position, but that does not mean that we have to throw in the towel.

“Instead we have to step up our efforts to quickly reduce the gap that separates us from those who have done a better job than us.”

Alonso, who posted the ninth-fastest time in both of today’s sessions, said the team had not been able to achieve a good balance with the 150??? Italia:

“Today, things did not go well and we struggled to find a good balance on the car, so this evening we will look at how we can improve.

“On a track like this, with such variable weather and with tyre degradation being what it is, there will be a lot of factors in play in the fight for the top places and just being quickest will not be enough.

“This morning we did a lot of work on the aerodynamics to understand what had not worked the way we had expected in Australia, but even if we had been quick in Melbourne, there would still be work to do.”

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