Melbourne: Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso acknowledges the team needs to improve sharply and quickly on the performance it showed in Sunday's F1 season opener when the scarlet cars were well off the pace of their rivals. (Racecentre | Click here for latest on F1)
Alonso finished fifth and the returning Kimi Raikkonen was eighth in the Australian Grand Prix, and while the team avoided the engine failures that hit Mercedes and Red Bull, it was also a long way off the pace of those teams, as well as McLaren and even Williams.
Alonso finished 35 seconds behind race winner Nico Rosberg, and when adjusting for the time behind the safety car and some late coasting by the German, it showed the Ferrari was about a second a lap slower than the Mercedes. "We're not happy with the performance we showed today, we need to improve," Alonso said.