‘Too soon’ to write off rivals – Alonso

Thu, 1 February 2007, 12:04

World champion Fernando Alonso has played down observations that he appears in pole position to defend his back to back championships in 2007.

The Spaniard is so far unbeaten at the wheel of his new McLaren MP4-22, but after going quickest for a second consecutive day at Valencia, he insisted: “At the moment everything is going well, we are also not having serious mechanical problems, but it is only the winter.

“It is too soon to write off teams like Ferrari. But there are some good signs for us.”

25-year-old Alonso, who also admitted that some of his good lap times have been achieved with the aid of low fuel, thinks McLaren’s competitive form is due to the team’s better adaptation to the control tyre supplied by Bridgestone.

He said: “I am content. At the moment everything is going very well, but in formula one things can change quickly.”


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