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12-12-2012, 11:24 PM #1
[Formula 1] Alonso reflects on ´perfect´ 2012
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso has described his 2012 season as 'perfect' despite his failure to win the Formula One world championship.
Battling with an inferior car to that of his rivals for most of the season, Alonso was pipped to the title by Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, who edged him by just three points.
Alonso won three races and was on the podium 13 times this year, but he says that repeating the feat next season will not be easy.
"You just have the feeling that some years you have done a good job and others when you feel there was something missing or something you wanted to change or want to improve for next year," Alonso said.
"I think it's been a perfect year. It's going to be nearly impossible to repeat that in my career."
There is almost no doubt that Alonso would have comfortably been world champion had he driven for Red Bull in 2012.
Ferrari made a surprisingly slow start to the season, with the car's testing not going to plan as they were well off the pace of their rivals.
"A worse start (to the 2013 season, pace wise) would be impossible," he said.
"We were some 2.5 seconds off the pace in the Jerez test when the car made its debut, so it's nearly impossible that it will be worse, and so I expect a better start.
"But there's no doubt that Red Bull will be favourite at the start. They finished the season with a pretty strong dominance and (the) rules are more of less the same.
"They had a seven, eight-tenth advantage so we need to close that gap in two months, which is not easy. There will be a lot of work, but the starting point will be much better than last year, which is not hard."
A forthright Alonso also said that he wishes Ferrari will be the dominant team in F1 again but knows a quicker car and consistency are needed to make that happen.