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Tough to repeat 'perfect' season - Alonso
Fernando Alonso believes it will be "nearly impossible" to repeat the 2012 season he has just had after describing it as "a perfect year".
Despite Ferrari starting the season well off the pace and at no stage having the quickest car, Alonso still managed to take the championship down to the final race in the season and ultimately only missed out by three points after finishing second to Jenson Button in Brazil. Alonso has described his season as "perfect" but says he doesn't think he'll be able to repeat it again in his career.
"You just have the feeling that some years you have done a good job and others when you feel there was something missing or something you wanted to change or want to improve for next year," Alonso is quoted by Autosport. "I think it's been a perfect year. It's going to be nearly impossible to repeat that in my career."
To be make his job easier in 2013, Alonso says he will "expect" a better car from the start of the season but still believes Red Bull will be the team to beat.
"A worst start would be impossible. We were some 2.5 seconds off the pace in the Jerez test when the car made its debut, so it's nearly impossible that it will be worse, and so I expect a better start.
"But there's no doubt that Red Bull will be favourite at the start. They finished the season with a pretty strong dominance and [the] rules are more of less the same. They had a seven, eight-tenth advantage so we need to close that gap in two months, which is not easy. There will be a lot of work, but the starting point will be much better than last year, which is not hard."