Belfast Telegraph

Ferrari will be back at the top: Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso has every faith Ferrari will return to winning ways as the famous marque endures their worst drought of recent times.

Not since the 1995-96 seasons have Ferrari suffered such a wretched run, when they went 17 races without taking the chequered flag.

On the evidence of Ferrari's performance in the season-opening grand prix in Australia, there appears no sign their current run of 15 races without a win will end any time soon.

In light of the new regulations changes and the introduction of the 1.6-litre V6 turbo-charged power units, Ferrari are aware they are off the pace of leading contender Mercedes.

What many consider to be the strongest pairing on the grid in Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen are helpless without a fast car beneath them.

But Alonso, fourth at Melbourne's Albert Park after Daniel Ricciardo's disqualification, is adamant he will emerge victorious again and be in the title hunt this season.

The 32-year-old, whose last win was in Spain last May, said: "We have more potential than we saw in Australia.

"We just need to put everything in place and have a better weekend, but we also understand we need to improve because what we have now is not enough, especially as Mercedes looks very strong.

"We have the potential and the team have the facilities and talent to do a very good job. We are strong and we will do better.

"We know we have been bad at the start (of seasons) and it seems like a repetition of the last couple of years.

"But this is with different rules and a different rate of development this year, and the hope is still perfectly there."

Belfast Telegraph

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph