Alonso: My Australian race was far from disastrous 29 Mar 2011
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso is confident he will quickly reemerge as a championship contender, despite his relatively poor showing at the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday. Alonso is not too disappointed with his fourth-place finish in Melbourne and is determined to stay positive about his chances ahead of next months Malaysian event.
It wasnt the start that we all wanted but nor is it anything to get worried about, he explained on his official Ferrari blog. Twelve points is not far below the world champions average last year and two title contenders finished behind me. So, overall, the Australian Grand Prix cant be defined as disastrous.
After qualifying down in fifth, Alonsos Australian run was further hampered by an awkward start, which had pushed him down to ninth by the end of the first lap. However, an aggressive fight back, which was aided by his cars stronger race pace, eventually secured him fourth behind Red Bulls dominant victor Sebastian Vettel, the McLaren of Lewis Hamilton and Renaults Vitaly Petrov.
Certainly, in qualifying we were very far from Vettels Red Bull and far from Hamiltons 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 hadnt found myself down in ninth place at the beginning of the first lap Id have been able to fight to the finish for the two lower steps of the podium.
The 29 year-old is now fully focused on Aprils Malaysian and Chinese rounds. Its important to prepare very well for the next two rounds, which are back-to-back, he concluded. They are both very demanding from a physical point of view, especially Sepang where we drive in very high temperatures.
Alonso plans to stay in Australia, before travelling over to Malaysia next week ahead of the Sepang race, which will take place from April 8-10.
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