Alonso wary of Raikkonen’s race pace at Sepang 23 March, 2013 Three world champions on the 2013 Australian Grand Prix podium Fernando Alonso on Saturday sounded unfazed as his Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa continued to hold the upper hand in their internal duel Brazilian Massa almost lost his seat for 2013, but in the most recent races – the tail end of 2012 and now Australia and Malaysia this season – he has outpaced the team’s ‘number 1′ Spaniard Alonso. “I don’t think the (grid) positions are very important these days,” Alonso said, after qualifying behind Massa and back to back pole sitter Sebastian Vettel in Malaysia. “For sure the last two races we are behind (Massa) on the grid but so far on Saturday there are no points.” Indeed, in Melbourne, Red Bull’s Vettel started on pole but finished just third, and in Malaysia it is believed the energy drink owned team is struggling markedly with the wear of the heavily degrading Pirelli tyres. Championship leader Kimi Raikkonen qualified just seventh at Sepang – as he did in Melbourne – and he now moves back a further three places due to holding up Nico Rosberg during the decisive Saturday session. Alonso said: “If you have a good race pace, as I think Kimi has or Lotus has, I think they will arrive sooner or later in the race and will put some pressure on us.” When asked who Lotus’ biggest rivals are for victory on Sunday, team boss Eric Boullier was quoted by Auto Motor und Sport as succinctly answering: “Ferrari.” Related NewsDomenicali: I think the car has improved but not enoughFerrari: We cannot be happy with today’s resultLotus: Every time we run the car we can see we are making progressAlonso: It’s probably the biggest smile for a fourth position in my careerFerrari: We can regard this as a positive resultLotus: We’ve certainly taken a step forwardsGrosjean: Every time we did some more mileage we had more issuesRaikkonen happy as he gets the better of Alonso on day one at SepangFerrari: The actual pecking order will only be seen in QualifyingLotus: Not a great day, quite far from it in fact abdellah he will have to , otherwise he will only see him on the top step of the podium just like last weekend .