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Alonso: We will have to grit our teeth and work hard 13 Mar 2012

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari.
Formula One Testing, Day 3, Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, 3 March 2012 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F2012.
Formula One Testing, Day 4, Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, 4 March 2012 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F2012.
Formula One Testing, Day 2, Barcelona, Spain, Friday, 2 March 2012 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari watches the action.
Formula One Testing, Day 3, Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, 3 March 2012 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F2012.
Formula One Testing, Day 2, Barcelona, Spain, Friday, 2 March 2012

After a frustrating winter, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso has warned that the first few rounds of the 2012 season could prove difficult for the Italian team. Alonso, however, is confident they can resolve their development struggles and reverse their fortunes before it is too late.

“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,” explained the Spaniard in his blog on Ferrari’s official website.

“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.”

Alonso topped the timesheets just once at the three pre-season tests, as he grappled with the innovative F2012 in an effort to find a consistent level of performance. But the 30 year-old is certain that, as long as they remain unflustered, their hard work will eventually pay off.

“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.”

And despite the F2012's muted pre-season performance, Alonso can’t wait for the season to begin.

“After so many kilometres of testing and retesting, finally there’s a whiff of sport in the air,” he added. “I miss the excitement of qualifying, the thrill of being on the start grid waiting for the lights to go out, the adrenalin rush of the charge to the first corner, in fact I miss everything that makes Formula One such an amazing sport.”

Alonso returns to the cockpit on Friday for the opening practice session of the Australian season opener, which take places in Melbourne's Albert Park.

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