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Alonso unconcerned by dropped points 11 Apr 2013

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari signs autographs for the fans.
Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Chinese Grand Prix, Preparations, Shanghai, China, Thursday, 11 April 2013 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari retired from the race.
Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Race, Sepang, Malaysia, Sunday, 24 March 2013 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F138 crashes out of the race.
Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Race, Sepang, Malaysia, Sunday, 24 March 2013

Fernando Alonso insists he is unconcerned about not picking up any points in Malaysia, despite heading into this weekend’s Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai 22 points down on championship leader Sebastian Vettel after two races.

“Everyone has at least two or three DNFs per season in Formula One,” said the philosophical Ferrari driver. “Although I hope not, I guess it will happen to me again this year, because of the law of averages.

“We need to be prepared for that and also be prepared to take any opportunity and try and score maximum points when it happens to our rivals.”

Despite showing strong race pace this season, Alonso will go into qualifying on Saturday having been out-qualified by team mate Felipe Massa at four successive races, dating back to last year’s United States Grand Prix in Austin.

“I think he is doing a fantastic job and driving at a hundred percent,” the Spaniard said of Massa. “However, to talk about the last four races is a strange calculation, as it involves races from last year as well as this one and the conditions in the qualifying sessions in Melbourne and Malaysia were not so normal.

“Like I say, he is doing a good job and I hope I can qualify in front of him for a few races this year and if I manage to do that, it will need to be with a fantastic lap.”

Looking ahead to Ferrari’s chances in China, Alonso was optimistic that the Scuderia would be able to run at the front on Sunday, if not on Saturday.

“I think we have to improve our qualifying, which is a weak point compared to our race pace, but overall here, our target is to fight to finish on the podium,” he said.

“With a gap of five weeks since Australia we, and I guess most teams, have had the time to produce some updates and I am reasonably optimistic that what we have brought here will deliver the results we expect. That’s why we are aiming for the podium and with both cars it would be even

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