Careful Ferrari Look For Competitive 2013

Having starting the last season some way off the leading pace, it could be forgiven that Ferrari did not have domination in their sights for the new campaign. Stefano Domenicali said it would be fantastic for such a wish to come true, but starting on a level-playing field is the must have for the Scuderia, according to the team boss.

“We have to keep our feet on the ground and have a car that is equal to our competition. I don’t think we can expect a car that is much faster than the others – this would be fantastic. The main thing is to make available to Fernando and Felipe [Massa] a competitive car,” he said.

“The difference at the front is just tenths,” said Alonso, “tenths you cannot see by looking at the car.

“Sometimes you don’t know why a particular car holds sway. We need to get on track and really see how competitive it is.”

Before the covers were taken off the new car, Ferrari displayed its its F1 statistics in numbers - a show of its successful history in the sport

Before the covers were taken off the new car, Ferrari displayed its its F1 statistics in numbers – a show of its successful history in the sport

Fernando Alonso has said that he will not be attending the first pre-season test which takes place at Jerez in the coming days, instead choosing to work on his fitness which he said was not possible due to team activities taking up his recent time.

“In the next few weeks I will certainly be concentrating on preparing for the championship.

“I was busy [with the team] in December and January, and up until a week ago we were involved in activities.

“So, it is right to step back and prepare a bit so I am 100 per cent from Australia to Brazil.

“I will follow the tests with great interest and all the information that comes back from Jerez I will be looking at”

Alonso said of the coming season that the unpredictability seen in the early races of 2012 was unlikely to happen this year, and that Ferrari must be among the leading teams to have a good chance of championship glory which they so narrowly missed out on in 2012.

“I think it will be very difficult to repeat what we saw last year, with seven winners in the first seven races, I think that really was a one-off,” Alonso said.

“With the new rules F1 was more different. In the second half of the season, with things more stabilised, the top teams emerged.

“Those that had won in the last few years, they came through.

“I think there will be two or three teams that will practically win all the races, and we have to be one of those teams.”

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