Alonso out to reign in Spain

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso hopes the changes made to his car will mean the Italian team are capable of challenging for the chequered flag at the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend (Alonso 16/1 – Race Winner).

Alonso and team-mate Felipe Massa have not enjoyed the greatest start to the 2012 season despite Alonso crossing the line first at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Despite the win in Sepang the Ferarri duo have found themselves off the pace in the year’s three other races, finishing seventh and ninth respectively last time out in Bahrain.

The new F2012 has since received a number of updates since the race in the gulf state in April and the Ferrari team were impressed with the improvements when the car was put through its paces in Mugello last week.

Alonso revealed after last week’s testing that Ferrari planned to introduce even more upgrades before his home grand prix in Barcelona and he hopes the improvements will mean the team are competitive for the rest of the season.

“In Montmelo, we will be counting on making a step forward, but we won’t know until Saturday if we have and if so, how big a step it is,” he said.

“We have updates on the F2012, some of which we tested in Mugello last week and others which we will try out on Friday in free practice. Clearly, having limited the damage in the first four races this year, we must turn things around.”

Despite Ferrari’s problems at the start of the season Alonso is just 10 points off Red Bull’s championship leader Sebastian Vettel and is 16/1 to win the world title, with Vettel 2/1.

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