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Alonso 'optimistic' after Chinese win

Sunday 14th April 2013

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Alonso 'optimistic' after Chinese win

Alonso 'optimistic' after Chinese win

Fernando Alonso is optimistic for the rest of the season after securing his first victory of the Championship in China.

The double World Champion made a flying start to Sunday's 56-lap grand prix at the Shanghai circuit and proved to be one of the best at handling his Pirelli tyres.

Setting fastest lap times on the medium tyres, Alonso edged away from the chasing pack to win the grand prix by more than 10 seconds over Kimi Raikkonen.

"It was a fantastic race for us from the start to the end without any big problems from the car," he said.

"The tyre degradation was better than expected so we managed the pace.

"It feels great after the retirement in Malaysia because we had some pressure to finish the race."

The Spaniard's victory - his second podium result of this Championship - has pushed him up to third in the Drivers' Championship, nine points behind Sebastian Vettel and six behind Raikkonen.

Having lost the title to Vettel last season by three points, Alonso says he is optimistic about going one better this season.

"In the two races we've finished we have got second place and victory so our start of the 2013 season is very good. We are very optimistic for the rest of the season."

Alonso, though, downplayed talk of Ferrari having an advantage over their rivals despite his display in Shanghai.

"I think at the moment Lotus and Red Bull and Mercedes they are in the same position as us.

"I don't see anyone having a clear advantage. Maybe Red Bull was very dominant in Australia and in the race they were suffering a little bit deg but very fast, in Malaysia a bit more in the group and here similar to others, so let's wait and see on the updates every car brings and we'll see how the luck happens."

Whether he can again close the gap to Vettel and Raikkonen in Bahrain remains to be seen as Alonso admits the race in the desert will be very different to this Sunday's event.

"We expect a tough race again and I think in Bahrain we will see maybe different conditions.

"Who knows how competitive anyone can be but definitely, as I said before, the races that we've finished this year the car seems to be able to be on the podium again in Bahrain."

Meanwhile team boss Stefano Domenicalli, who saw both Ferraris finish in the points with Felipe Massa sixth, hailed the "extraordinary" Alonso.

"I'm not surprised by the advantage we got today," said the Italian. "Fernando was extraordinary

" Our pace was really strong, the team performed well and we tried to manage the gaps with our main competitors. But today was just one win - now we need to focus on the next race."

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