Under great pressure
FERNANDO Alonso finished 155 points behind Sebastian Vettel last year in an inferior car, but the 31-year-old Spaniard is widely respected as the sport's finest all-round driver and, if Ferrari can get their act together, he will pose a challenge.
Last season, Alonso won only two races, in China and Spain, but with the arrival of fellow former world champion Kimi Raikkonen as his new teammate, he is under internal as well as external pressure to deliver the goods.
The main considerations for Alonso are how well the Italian team will adapt to Formula One's new technical requirements, following a season blighted by underperformance last year, and how he will fare alongside Raikkonen.
Alonso has experienced 215 GPs since making his debut in Australia in 2001, and the two-time world champion will be looking to add to his 32 race wins and 22 poles.