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. Related NewsRicciardo: Ferrari dream is just a clicheContract may allow Alonso to leave FerrariLauda: I apologise to Ferrari, Luca and Italian fansAlonso hints that Raikkonen must improveLauda: McLaren and Ferrari have sh*t carsAlonso: Hockenheim best race of season so farAlonso: I’ve heard a lot of plansAlonso: Ricciardo was very, very smart – a great fightRed Bull and Ferrari considered protesting MercedesFerrari: We pushed to the limit 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.