Double world champion Fernando Alonso says his Ferrari team will require perfection if they are to win the World Championship.
The Italian team last won the constructors’ title in 2008, and the drivers’ – with Kimi Raikkonen – in 2007.
Last season, Alonso lead the championship for much of the season, despite having a car which lacked the pace of its immediate rivals, however, he ultimately lost out to Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel by three points at the finale in Brazil.
The team look to be in better shape ahead of the new season but Alonso, 31, says they need to cut out the mistakes.
“The goal is to repeat a similar performance on personal side of last year, trying to maximise what we have in our hands every weekend and trying to have a championship without too big mistakes,” said Alonso, speaking at a Shell event in Melbourne.
“Then if we have a little bit more of a competitive car and a bit more speed in the car – things become much more easy. The [pressure on] strategies, the start comes down a bit as you don’t always have to be at limit.
“I think it will be close championship which will be decided by small details. It’s difficult to have domination, having a dominant car is impossible. We need to fight until the end and find perfection if we are going to win.”
Ahead of practice for the first grand prix of the season in Melbourne, which starts on Friday, Alonso and team-mate Felipe Massa spent some time racing young fans with six limited edition Ferrari model Lego cars with pull-back motors as part of a new Shell promotion.