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Alonso: We have to concentrate on ourselves

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11/04/2012

Surprised that he is leading the world championship, Fernando Alonso says Ferrari will not change its approach to this weekend's GP and must concentrate solely on it own efforts.

"Arriving in China as the leader of the Championship is something I would never have expected, at least given the way winter testing went," he admits in his latest blog for the Maranello outfit. "It means we have done a good job, managing to make use of all the potential at our disposal and making the most of every opportunity.

"Since I first arrived in Maranello, at the start of 2010, I have seen the team grow a lot in all areas relating to track activity," he continues, "from strategy to the work in the garage and at the pit stops.

"I know I can count on a very strong group, which is very important and there is a great sense of purpose shared by all. We know our car is not at the level we had wanted going into this season, but everyone is reacting very well, everyone is very united, which is what you get with a real team that wants to reach its objectives.

"I'm not expecting any surprises in this race, compared to what we saw in Australia and Malaysia. It's true almost three weeks have gone by, but that does not mean there was enough time to completely turn the car around in such a short time: we will have a few small updates, but nothing particularly significant and on top of that, we can expect that the other teams will also bring some new parts.

"Therefore, we won't change our approach to this Grand Prix: to get a good result, we will need to concentrate on ourselves, trying to be perfect and to exploit every possibility that might come our way over the weekend.

"I don't want to come out with statements that our aim is to finish in this or that position, as these discussions are not worth the time spent on them. We will have to do the maximum and bring home as many points as possible: a bit like ants who start something one day, knowing it will produce something worthwhile in the future."

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