Alonso debuted at Ferrari with a comfortable win in Bahrain, while scoring a 4th place in Melbourne following an impressive recovery race. More importantly, though, his main rivals for the title – apart from teammate Felipe Massa – are already down by 6 (Jenson Button), 14 (Jenson button) and 25 (Sebastian Vettel) points behind.
“It's been an incredible start to the season. I definitely didn't think I'd be leading the championship after two races. This situation is way more than I had expected,” said Alonso, prior to this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang International Circuit.
Another encouraging factor in Alonso's title quest this season is that his Ferrari F10 is proving stronger by the race. After spending 2 years driving an underperforming Renault car, the Spanish racer hailed his machine this season, especially after helping him surge from 22nd to 4th at the Albert Park circuit.
“The F10 has proven to be very good, even on a semi-street circuit like Albert Park. It's an easy car to drive. It is reasonably easy to find a good set-up for any type of track. On top of that, it is very consistent, in that its handling doesn't change much between qualifying and the race.”
“Add in the factor that the car is not too hard on its tyres and that completes the package. I'm not too sure exactly where we are compared to the others, but one thing is for sure, we've definitely got off on the right foot,” added the Ferrari-an.