Alonso hits back at criticism of his qualifying performances 2 October, 2013 Fernando Alonso Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso has hit back at suggestions that he could up his game in qualifying, an area which some believe is his biggest weakness. When it was announced that Kimi Raikkonen is heading back to Maranello in 2014, Alonso’s friend Mark Webber said that it is good news for the Spaniard. “Fernando needs to be pushed more on Saturday afternoons,” said the Australian. Indeed, in Alonso’s four seasons wearing red, he has been on pole only four times, compared to 36 in the same period for Red Bull‘s Sebastian Vettel. Alonso told Brazil’s Totalrace: “It’s on Sunday that the points are given. But even if Saturday is not the priority, I have been the best in terms of qualifying that Felipe has had as a teammate.” “My advantage compared to him is 82 per cent,” he insisted. “So even if Saturday is not my strongest point, in eight out of ten weekends, I’m in front of him. So I don’t think this is a problem for me,” Alonso added. (GMM) Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsMarko: Mr Vettel is one of our most expensive itemsTodt: I find criticisms of Ferrari today unjustFerrari View: Into the heat of the nightSilly Season: Vettel and Red Bull deny Alonso swapMontezemolo: F1 results do not impact on car salesFerrari View: Evening dress required in SingaporeMarchionne: Alonso and Raikkonen staying with FerrariBianchi: I have no idea where I will be next yearFerrari View: Radio gu-gu, radio ga-gaLauda surprised by Montezemolo departure F1man Its true qualifying is Alonso weakness, always has been. That and a strong team mate Spartacus His starts are amazing. Ferrari launch control can’t be bettered.