Ferrari to remain a force
SPANIARD Fernando Alonso has declared Ferrari the most reliable Formula One team heading into Sunday’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
While acknowledging Red Bull are favourites and surprises are likely, the dual world champion has backed Ferrari after one of their best testing periods.
‘‘ We’ve had a very season,’’ Alonso said.
‘‘ We’re the team that’s driven the most and that has had the fewest problems in terms of reliability.
‘‘ In terms of our competitiveness, we’ll have to wait until Australia.
‘‘ McLaren will be in there again at the end. It seems that Mercedes have improved. And Red Bull and Ferrari will be at the front.’’
Alonso, runner-up to Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel in last year’s championship, says Vettel and Australian Mark Webber are ‘‘ the two favourites, in theory’’.
But he expects he and Brazilian teammate Felipe Massa to be on the pace.
‘‘ Overall, I think we will arrive in Melbourne in 100 per cent state of