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Alonso: Ferrari will fight for 2013 Championship



Dual time world champion Fernando Alonso says that Ferrari will be challenging for the 2013 Championship.

Following his first experience with Ferrari F138 at second pre-season test Barcelona, the Spaniard successively completed more than 100 laps and set third fastest lap. And he felt positive outcome with new machine.

The Ferrari speedy also predicting that they will be strong in season opening Australian Grand Prix, and the Italian squad targets fight for this season Championship.

“I’m sure we will be strong [at the first race] in Australia, to improve the first part of the year is not going to be too difficult so we are relatively confident.” Alonso quoted as saying by BBC Sport.

“At the end of the year we were quite far from [pace-setters] Red Bull and McLaren, in a group with force Force India and Sauber behind Lotus,” Alonso said.

“We cannot be in that group; we have to be in the group with the leaders. We have to do a good job this winter. We are trying some new parts in this test, more in the last test and more in Australia, so Friday (practice) in Australia will be also important and we need to arrive in a better condition than we finished.

“But the competitors are doing a good job and it will be interesting. My only optimism about 2013 is that I fought for the Championship last year with a car that was two seconds off the pace in winter and in the first four races we were struggling to get into Q3 and even in those problems we were fighting for the Championship. The Spaniard added.

“So we need to be positive and think we will fight this year for the Championship if we improve the car a little bit.”
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