Date: 1st April 2011 at 11:22am
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Former two-time Formula One World champion Fernando Alonso is confident that his Ferrari team will improve on their Australian performance.

Following a strong winter testing programme Ferrari had thought they were heading into the Formula One season opener in competition with Red Bull for the win.

However Alonso?s Ferrari was unable to compete with Red Bull?s Sebastian Vettel all weekend at the Melbourne track and went on to also be beaten by McLaren?s Lewis Hamilton and Renault?s Vitaly Petrov.

The Spaniard who claimed after qualifying that Ferrari had just had an off day, blamed the race result on his poor start.

Alonso had qualified fifth but found himself ninth after the first corner and that start is what prevented Alonso competing for a place on the podium.

‘If I’d not found myself ninth I’d have been able to fight to the end for the lower steps of the podium,’ he told Ferrari?s official website.

Alonso has remained in Australia this week before flying out to Malaysia next week, the Ferrari driver hopes the stop over will help his own personal preparation.

‘It’s important to prepare well for the next two, which are back-to-back.’

‘They [Malaysia and China] are both very demanding from a physical point of view, especially Sepang where we drive in very high temperatures.’


Alonso will be hoping to improve on his recent results in Malaysia.

Since winning the race in 2007, Alonso?s best finish was 9th the following year. In 2009 he finished 11th while last season Alonso was classified 13th after an engine issue.