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Alonso: Ninth on the grid fits in with our current level

Fernando Alonso says that ninth position in the grid fits in with Ferrari’s current level and he expecting tomorrow they will lift two or three places.

The Ferrari duo Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa qualified ninth and fourteenth on the grid respectively. Tomorrow the Spaniard start with soft or the mediums compound but he not expecting podium finish with current form.

“Today, we were worth a place somewhere between eighth and twelfth, so ninth on the grid fits in with our current level,” Honestly, given the characteristics of this track, which are definitely not suited to our current car, so far the weekend has not in fact gone that badly. The Spaniard said.

“To be in with a chance of making it to Q3, we had to use all three sets of Soft tyres available, so we didn’t have any left for the final part of the session.

“Doing a time on used tyres would have made no sense and would have forced us to start with a set of tyres that already had a few laps on them. Now we are free to choose either the Medium or the Soft for the start of a race that looks like being very hard, especially on tyres.

“To date, we have always gone a bit better on Sunday than Saturday: let’s hope it’s the same situation in Bahrain.

“Tomorrow, we must try and manage the tyres as well as possible, making the most of having three sets of new Mediums. The start will also be important, because it would be useful to make up some places right away, given that, for us, overtaking is certainly not straightforward.”

Alonso said about his Sunday race target: “To finish in the points, around sixth or seventh place. I know, it’s not brilliant, but that’s what we can do with the car we have today.”

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