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Alonso: We have potential

Fernando Alonso has every faith Ferrari will return to winning ways as the famous marque endures their worst drought of recent times.

Not since the 1995-96 seasons have Ferrari suffered such a wretched run, when they went 17 races without taking the chequered flag.

On the evidence of Ferrari's performance in the season-opening grand prix in Australia earlier this month, there appears no sign their current run of 15 races without a win will end any time soon.

In light of the new regulations changes and the introduction of the 1.6-litre V6 turbo-charged power units, Ferrari are aware they are off the pace of leading contender Mercedes.

What many consider to be the strongest pairing on the grid in Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen are helpless without a fast car beneath them.


Alonso, fourth at Melbourne's Albert Park after Daniel Ricciardo's disqualification, is adamant he will emerge victorious again and be in the title hunt this season.

The 32-year-old, whose last win was in Spain last May, said: "We have more potential than we saw in Australia.

"We have the potential and the team have the facilities and talent to do a very good job. We are strong and we will do better, I'm pretty sure."

In previous years, Ferrari have struggled with aerodynamics, but now they face a very different challenge.

"With aero or power or whatever we are lacking, you need to be clever and find something that gives you performance," added Alonso, who finished fifth quickest at the end of practice for tomorrow's Malaysian Grand Prix. "I don't think this year will be any different. We will fight hard, we will not stop and we will improve the car."