| SEPANG, Malaysia, March 24
SEPANG, Malaysia, March 24 Ferrari are having to
accept their car is not competitive after another poor
qualifying session for the Italian Formula One team ahead of the
Malaysian Grand Prix.
Drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa will start eighth
and 12th in Sunday's race after again struggling to get a good
performance from the redesigned F2012 at the Sepang circuit on
"Obviously it was tough with the conditions we have now and
we are not competitive," said Alonso, who qualified ninth but
will move up the grid one place as a result of a five-place
demotion for Kimi Raikkonen for changing his gearbox.
"We did one lap, we knew it was not possible to compete with
the guys in front so ninth is okay," the double world champion
Massa, whose car had a new chassis, fared better this
Saturday than he did last weekend in Australia and set a time
much closer to Alonso's, although it was only enough for 12th on
"I think it was positive to make the normal qualifying, to
have the car we expect to have and I think that was really
positive," the Brazilian said.
Massa struggled with his car all weekend in the season
opener in Melbourne and failed to finish after a scrappy race.
"If you see everything that happened from Australia to here
I think it was definitely a good effort and I think now we're
more in the right direction to have the best we can have in our
The 30-year-old's place in the team has been increasingly
called into question as the man who battled for the world
championship in 2008 has had two lacklustre years and has been
comprehensively beaten by Alonso.
Massa, however, is confident he can close the gap to Alonso
as the season progresses.
"For sure we are going to have a lot of different things to
try for the next race and I hope now we're in the right
direction to be all the time more competitive and fighting for
the practice, qualifying and races with him."
(Editing by Clare Fallon)
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