Alonso: Difficult to choose a winner

Thursday 14th March 2013

 RSS

Share:

Alonso: Difficult to choose a winner

Alonso: Difficult to choose a winner

Fernando Alonso believes as many as ten drivers have a realistic chance of winning this weekend's Australian Grand Prix.

With the sport's regulations remaining stable, no team emerged as a clear favourite during the pre-season although there were signs that Lotus and Mercedes had closed the gap to the leading trio.

And although both outfits claimed just one grand prix win last season, Alonso reckons they have a good chance this year especially in Sunday's season-opener.

"It's difficult to know; no-one knows who can win this race at the moment," said the Ferrari driver. "We'll have to wait and see to answer some questions that winter testing doesn't answer.

"I think there are top teams with a little bit of advantage, maybe it's not the same as last year when we saw seven different winners from seven different races, it was a bit mixed on the grid.

"I think this year with the consistency in the rules I expect the five top teams to have a little advantage and to have many, many surprises in the first races.

"From these five teams I think it's very difficult to see really after winter testing who has this extra two or three tenths that can make you win. At the moment I think it's very close and very difficult to choose one favourite."

Asked whether that meant he believed any one of ten drivers would win, he said: "I think so.

"I think Mercedes, McLaren, Ferrari, Lotus and Red Bull showed some potential in different days in testing and in different parts of races last year and I think it's difficult to choose."

The Spaniard, though, is not the only driver predicting a closely-fought campaign as triple World Champion Sebastian Vettel reckons the stagnant regulations will result in the field bunching together.

"The cars didn't really change, last year we saw it was really close so I don't really expect it to be any different to last year, if anything even a little bit tighter so it will be crucial to make the most out of every single race," said the Red Bull racer.

Related Links
Thursday's Pics From Melbourne

Turn Up The Lights, It's Race Day

Editor's Picks

10 Reasons For Three-Car Teams

10 Reasons For Three-Car Teams

What's not to like about three-car teams? Bernie's suggestion has been dismissed by the purists, but it would tighten up the racing...

Winners & Losers: Singapore

Winners & Losers: Singapore

Lewis may have beaten Nico by 33 centimetres on Saturday, but on Sunday he finished 47 laps down the road...

Getting To Know Marchionne

Getting To Know Marchionne

Ferrari fans needn't be worried about Sergio Marchionne - he comes with a pedigree of turning round businesses...

Highlights Of Luca's Tenure

Highlights Of Luca's Tenure

Luca di Montezemolo is Ferrari through and through, from spending time as Enzo Ferrari's assistant to assuming control in 1991...

Tin Foil Hats At The Ready

Tin Foil Hats At The Ready

Twice this season Lewis Hamilton has accused Nico Rosberg of deliberately making a mistake. Was Monza number three?