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Apr 12

Ferrari still ‘one step below’ leaders – Alguersuari

McLaren and Red Bull are the teams to bet money on after the early phase of the 2012 season.

2012-03-16 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Friday #2 2102011-07-09 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Britain - Jaime Alguersuari 2That is the view of Jaime Alguersuari, the former Toro Rosso driver who is now a commentator for British radio as well as Pirelli’s new test driver. The Spaniard told Europa Press news agency that Ferrari, whose Fernando Alonso won the rain-marred Malaysian grand prix three weeks ago, remains “one step below” the current pacesetters.

“If it (Sepang) had been a normal race, the (Ferrari) car would not have been at the level of a McLaren or Red Bull,” said Alguersuari.

At the same time, however, the 22-year-old insists that the 2012 title race remains “very open”.

“Alonso was only the winner (in Malaysia) because he did a great job in choosing and managing the tyres,” said Alguersuari.

“But Ferrari have the potential to develop the car in a short space of time because the top teams are capable of gaining a second, a second and a half, which is what I think they’re lacking.

“And I think what happens in the end is what matters to Fernando Alonso,” he added, also explaining that the 2012 field is tightly bunched together.

“The FIA has done a great job with the regulations and I think we should be grateful,” said Alguersuari.

“Now we can see a Sauber that really can be ahead, and that’s because there is much less difference between the first and the fifth (best) car.”

source: GMM