Alonso happy with damage limitation after first four races 23 April, 2012 Fernando Alonso Apr.23 (GMM) Amid Ferrari‘s performance crisis with their well below par F2012 car, the Italian team has emerged from the opening ‘flyaway’ races with a solid head of steam, gathering a relatively healthy haul of points, despite their troubles. He might be just fifth, but Fernando Alonso is a mere 10 points off the lead of the drivers’ world championship, after a see-sawing pecking order emerged from the overseas races in Australia, Malaysia, China and Bahrain. The Spanish driver admitted mere days ago that the F2012, at present, is perhaps the “sixth or seventh” best on the grid. But next up is the test at Mugello, where major upgrades to the car – so significant that some sections of the media are expecting a ‘new Ferrari’ – will be tested ahead of its Barcelona debut. Sepang winner Alonso’s latest surprise was to finish ahead of the best McLaren in Bahrain. “If we had said that beforehand, it would be unthinkable,” he told Antena 3 television. “It was another race where we have limited the damage pretty well. “We were eight points behind the leader, now it’s 10. We have spent the first four races outside Europe losing ten points, which I think is more treasure than we deserve. “For Montmelo (Barcelona) we have to be better. We have to stop depending on others and start depending on ourselves,” added Alonso. Asked how much he is expecting the F2012 to improve, the 30-year-old was coy. “I have said it could be one tenth, maybe two, one and a half … but we may not be in the same situation as before.” Alonso was also critical of the stewards’ decision to leave Nico Rosberg without a penalty on Sunday, after the German driver forced him off the circuit whilst defending position. “He also did the same to Hamilton, so it’s two to zero for him (Rosberg),” said Alonso. “But if there was a wall there, you would have to be talking to someone else now …” On Twitter, he sarcastically added: “I think you are going to have fun in future races. You can defend position as you want and you can overtake outside the track! Enjoy!” Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsCan Vettel emulate Schumacher’s success at Ferrari?Massa: Kimi’s problem is psychologicalVideo: Ferrari tribute for birthday boy RaikkonenRaikkonen staying at Ferrari amid Alonso departure reportsMarchionne: We’ve got to kick some ass and quicklyMontezemolo: Fernando is leaving Ferrari for two reasonsMontezemolo: The least I expected was a thank youDomenicali joins Audi, will Alonso follow?Berger surprised by Vettel move to FerrariMattiacci: Engine freeze against principles of F1 Jody Renza What a waste of talent with the F2012! I’m sure the most frustrated driver on the grid award must go to Alonso…As I’ve said previously: If Massa is on thin ice, I hope Domenicali will think to start cleaning his desk..Hope the new bits that will come in Europe will at least see Ferrari on the podium. Alex To be critical. I think this is also Alonso’s fault, I mean this Ferrari situation. Alonso earns way more than any other driver on the grid because Ferrari expect him to be a Schumacher. To help develop a winning car, obviously both driver failed in this department. I understand lack of testing plays a big role in it. What I don’t understand how Ferrari can pay their driver $60 million and not squeeze everything out of them all the time. Ferrari reminds me of Benneton after Schumacher left. Overpaid drivers and team that not sure what is going on around them. Alonso should go back to McLaren or Red Bull if he wants more championships. Nemo @Alex, Alonso is driving the pants off that Ferrari at the moment. Including 1 win in a car that everyone knows is off the pace. I wouldnt write off Ferrari after only 4races. They proved this in 2010 Alex @Nemo I don’t doubt Alonso’s driving ability as twice World Champion. I’m raising a fact that he earns more than double of anyone on the grid and probably should be more involved in creating the car rather than just driving it and play catch ups. (If he already is, he failed in that department this year) Otherwise half of his salary can be easily spent on other resources and people who actually will help build a better car. Hawk did you mean $40m? Alonso is not an engineer but a driver, he can only help develop a car in-season and testing not in the wind tunnel or simulator. he is doing that already, by telling the engineers where the problem is and knowing exactly how his car compares to others.