26 Mar 2012

Alonso says his Ferrari still needs more pace

12:02 pm on 26 March 2012

An ecstatic Fernando Alonso hailed one of the toughest wins of his career, having braved treacherous conditions to hand Ferrari a shock win at last night's Malaysian Grand Prix.

The Spaniard, a dual world champion, survived a drenching storm which cut visibility to zero, a lengthy rain delay, two mass scrambles to change tyres on the drying track, and a stern challenge from Sergio Perez to lead the standings after two races.

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton was third followed by Red Bull's Mark Webber, and Kimi Raikkoen was fifth.

The world champion Sebastian Vettel had a torrid day which included a spectacular rear tyre blowout and finished 11th, and a collision dropped the Austalian winner Jenson Button to 14th.

Alonso leads the standings with 35 points, five ahead of Lewis Hamilton, with another five back to Jenson Button.