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GP Week : Issue 197
Overshadowed by Mercedes, Red Bull and Williams, Ferrari nevertheless managed to get both its cars to the finish in Melbourne which, according to Fernando Alonso, is a reasonable start. However, it is clear that the scuderia has some work ahead of it to get in among the scrap at the sharp end: “I ’d have liked to start the season with a podium, but getting both cars to the flag is a good result, which can give us confidence, especially on the reliability front. “I had some problems with the electric motor at the start and had to make a few changes from the steering wheel but, after the first 10 laps everything went well. When I managed to pass Hulkenberg after the pit stop my pace was definitely better, although it was impossible to overtake. 35 seconds down on the leader is too big a gap and to work out what we need to do to close that gap, we will need to analyse the race, work out what are the strong and weak points on the car and with that in mind, the laps I did behind Nico can provide very useful information.” Kimi Raikkonen’s fraught qualifying form continued on into the race: “T hat wasn’t a straightforward race. At the start, I managed to get away well and even though I was hit from behind by another car at the first corner, my car was undamaged. “T he speed was good, but at one point I was suffering with graining on the front tyres, I had very little grip and a lot of understeer. From then on, the car’s handling was not the same. “ We can’t be pleased with this result and we know there are many areas where we need to improve. But I’m sure that analysing the data from this first race will give us a clearer idea of the direction to work in.” Ferrari: Reliabilty, tick; Pace ... to come 33 GPWEEK.com // 33 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> AUSTRALIA PARTNERS: