• Malaysian Grand Prix

Win changes nothing - Alonso

ESPNF1 Staff
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Fernando Alonso took a surprise victory in Malaysia © Getty Images
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Fernando Alonso says Ferrari will not get carried away with its victory at the hectic Malaysian Grand Prix and realises it still has a lot of work to do to become competitive in normal conditions.

Alonso won in the wet after a difficult start to the season in which Ferrari has struggled to understand the characteristics of the new F2012. However, Alonso now leads the championship by five points from Lewis Hamilton but said the team still has plenty to do to compete for wins race-in-race-out

"It changes nothing to be honest," he said. "We are in a position that we don't want to be in by fighting to go into Q3 and then fighting to score some points; we want to be fighting for pole positions and victories."

He added: "[It was] a big surprise today to win. We were not competitive in Australia, not competitive here and our goal for these first races is to score as many points as possible and we got as many as possible today with 25.

"Unbelievable result, great result for the team and trackside I think we maximised the potential we had. We had a good qualifying getting into Q3 and today we kept calm in some extreme conditions - switching to the inters at the beginning with a lot of water and then switching to the dry tyres at the right moment with perfect pit stops. Congratulations to the team. They deserve this victory and it's tough times for us at the moment. We will remember this Sunday for a long time."

Alonso is expecting Ferrari to make improvements in all areas over the next few races.

"Coming to China, Bahrain, Barcelona there is a lot of stuff coming to improve the car and this is the difficult job we need to do and I know the team is putting in a lot of effort. We trust each other in the team and we are very united at the moment. This win will make us very happy today and maybe the next two days in the factory, but it doesn't change our determination to improve the car and to keep winning."