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Alonso says Australia result was good

Fernando AlonsoFernando Alonso says his fourth place in the Australian Grand Prix was a "very good result" for his Ferrari team.

Although the double world champion was unable to fight for victory, he insists the result was no disaster for the Maranello squad.

"I don't agree that it was a bad weekend," Alonso told reporters in Sepang. "I keep repeating the same thing and you keep repeating the same thing about the disaster that was Melbourne.

"We were fourth, Webber was fifth, Button was sixth with a one-second advantage in qualifying pace, so I think for us it was a very good result."

He made it clear, however, that Ferrari needs to raise its game to be fighting for wins.

"We want to improve, we want to be on the podium here. We need to do a better job, there's no doubt," he said.

The Spaniard also denied having arrived in Australia thinking Ferrari was favourite after a strong winter of testing, but he did concede he was expecting to be able to fight for victory.

"I wasn't expecting anything in Melbourne, because winter testing never gives you the real picture. We were not surprised. Obviously we were confident to be fighting for pole position and fighting for the win. So we were disappointment with our performance.

"But we didn't arrive thinking that we were favourites or anything like that. We respect everybody's pace and results and we understand that we need to keep working, keep improving the car, and hopefully do a better job here in Sepang."

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