Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso (right) leads teammate Kimi Raikkonen in the Australian GP. (Photo: Getty Images)

driver (right) leads teammate in the . (Photo: Getty Images)

Ferrari technical director James Allison has described the team’s form in Australia as “not acceptable,” and says that straightline speed and braking stability are among the key areas for improvement.

Fernando Alonso finished 35 seconds behind winner Nico Rosberg, who is assumed by most observers to have had a lot in hand.

“Our competitiveness was not acceptable in Melbourne,” Allison told the Ferrari website. “But we intend to fight our way back up the grid with the improvements that we will bring to the car.

“While we can take some satisfaction from the reliability shown by the 4T, it is clear that we have our work cut out to improve our car in order to compete on equal terms with the Mercedes team. There is plenty about the 4T that is working very well: The starts and the pace in the corners – especially the high-speed ones – are particular strong points, but we need to work further on the stability under braking, and the speed on the straights.”

Allison remains confident that there is time to recover.

“All the recent seasons in F1 have been characterized by a fierce development battle from March until November,” he said. “With all the new regulations this year, the opportunities to improve the car are legion, and we can expect the race to improve the cars to be even more intense than normal.”

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