Ferrari's Alonso plays down Lotus pace

Mar 22, 2013, 01:16 IST | AFP

Fernando Alonso believes Ferrari have nothing to fear from Lotus in the wake of Kimi Raikkonen's season-opening victory.

Raikkonen took the chequered flag in Australia on Sunday on the back of a two-stop strategy that worked brilliantly for the Enstone-based team.

Fernando Alonso

That was in contrast to his rivals, led by runner-up Alonso, with the Finn leaving them all trailing in his wake as the five drivers behind him required three trips into the pits for new Pirelli tyres.

Raikkonen admitted his triumph had been one of the easiest of his 20 career victories, with Alonso finishing 12 seconds adrift.

Despite that, an unconcerned Alonso said: “I think the pace of the Lotus was very good but nothing we cannot do. They had a very clean race with no traffic and with a very good strategy, but their pace was nothing out of our reach."

Alonso said Sepang will be Ferrari’s true test. “As the Australia circuit is very unusual, Sepang will give us with confirmation as to where we are. If we’re again on the podium it will be good.” 

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