The Spaniard also believes that, team development is very fast this season, and expecting Ferrari can close down early pacesetter Mercedes.
Alonso, is Mercedes’ closest opponent in Friday all practice session and he took third fastest in bothe session, but his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, whose Ferrari needed repairs after launching over a kerb in FP1, had an unhappy day and was down in 14th place with 1m 36.366s.
“Now you see a couple of tenths in any step. So there is very good room to improve in all areas, to become more competitive. He told Autosport.
“But at the same time, it is the same for everybody so we just need to be a little cleverer than the other teams and find this little extra.
“Definitely yes I still think we can do a good job. It is a very young car. All the things we find in the wind tunnel or the power area are not steps we used to see in the last years, when it was half a tenth each time.
“Unfortunately we start with a deficit so we need to close this gap, but the potential is there and there is no question that we think that in Abu Dhabi we will be in the fight. That’s for sure.”
“It is difficult to split the area they [Mercedes] are stronger,” he said. “We all know the power unit is very efficient and it is quite strong, because we see other cars are very competitive with the Mercedes engine.
“But the McLaren finished 84 seconds behind in Malaysia, so the Mercedes is obviously also good. It is not only the engine. So we just need to improve the package. We need to improve in all areas.
“Red Bull, for example, after a tough winter and some difficulties they managed to change the situation and become competitive very quickly. We will try to do better. There is a long way to go and we are ready to fight.” (Images © Ferrari/Getty)