Happier after a podium finish in Melbourne, Fernando Alonso believes he can challenge for back-to-back Malaysian Grand Prix victories

With memories of his victory in Sepang a year ago, Fernando Alonso is quietly confident that he will once again be challenging for victory at this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix.

A three-time winner at this venue, the Spaniard finished both Friday practice sessions in fourth place and is buoyed by the pace of the car which he thinks goes to show the winter pace was no fluke.

Alonso was fourth-fastest in both practice sessions on Friday“Today, the car worked well in all conditions and that is very good news for us.” he said after practice today.

“This circuit is more representative than Australia for evaluating the car’s performance and so it was important to understand here today if the positive feelings from the winter were not just an illusion.”

With medium tyre running key to evaluating times, Alonso thinks he could’ve gone even faster had the balance on his Ferrari been corrected.

“On my lap on the Medium tyres, I did not have the right balance, otherwise I could have managed to improve, as I did on the Hards and I could probably have been on the ‘front row’. However, tomorrow we will try and do our best to get a [genuine] place on the front row, because, as usual, the start, strategy and pit stops will hold the key”.

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Richard Bailey

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