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We cannot be happy to be a second off pole position – Alonso

Fernando Alonso and Ferrari once again disappointed with qualifying pace, Ferrari can’t make front some rows. Alonso tomorrow starts from ninth on the grid ahead of Grosjean and Vettel.

Alonso admitted 2012 Ferrari has ‘big’ trouble with the aerodynamics, but he reckons that gives Ferrari hope that it can make big gains once it solves them.

“We knew this would be a difficult qualifying and that’s how it turned out. We managed to get into Q3, staying ahead of Vettel by a few thousandths. Then, from Q2 to Q3, the wind changed direction and that was penalising. Alonso said.

“The car is what it is and the improvements we brought here are not sufficient to produce a jump in performance and so this position corresponds more or less to our current potential. Sure, we cannot be happy to be a second off pole position, but all we can do is work to try and close this gap. If we do enough of a good job then we can think about winning, otherwise not. “

“But I remain optimistic: even in 2010, we were significantly behind the best, but all the same, we got to the final race leading the World Championship… he added”

“The starting grid is very exciting and curious, with two Mercedes, one Sauber and a Lotus in front of the rest. We cannot permit ourselves to make any mistakes because we certainly don’t have the best car: if we manage to operate perfectly, as we did in Australia and Malaysia, then we can think about bringing home valuable points.”


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