Alonso: Everyone starts as equals in Melbourne

Fernando Alonso has moved to play down the edge that his Ferrari team has, saying that all the teams will go into this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix as relative equals.

Although he won and saw team mate Felipe Massa take second place at the inaugural race two weeks ago, the Spaniard wrote on his official blog that everyone would “start from zero” in Melbourne.

“The one-two win at Sakhir gave us confidence and was a great result for the hard work during the winter on the track and at the works, but we can’t take anything for granted.

“We have to stay with our feet on the ground, keeping calm and staying concentrated: in Melbourne we’re starting from square one. Nothing has changed for me: there are four teams and eight drivers who can fight for victory and we have to give it our all to stay ahead of everybody else.”

The Asturian also added his weight to the debate surrounding the spectacle of F1.

“I think that many of us have given some hot-headed comments immediately after the race in Bahrain,” he said. “It’s true that the race at Sakhir wasn’t especially spectacular – although for us Ferraris it was great and exciting but it’s too early to talk about changing the rules.

“We have to wait and see different races and check the situation, without being emotional. Something that confuses the fans is changing the rules all the time. It is much too early to jump to conclusions and we should not react in an emotional way.

“We must wait and see how the races evolve,” he finished.