Renault's pace in Malaysia this weekend will reveal whether the French team is set for a "difficult year", according to Fernando Alonso.

Renault's pace in Malaysia this weekend will reveal whether the French team is set for a "difficult year," according to Fernando Alonso.

The Spaniard qualified his R29 twelfth in Melbourne before racing to sixth, but he believes his speed at Albert Park may not reflect Renault's true form for the rest of the 2009 season.

"The (Australian) circuit is very unique making it hard to draw conclusions," he said in an interview with Spain's Diario Sport newspaper.

"We have to have a bit more patience. In Malaysia if we don't go into the Q3 (qualifying phase) it will mean that we are probably not fast enough and we are going to have a difficult year," the 27-year-old added.

"I believe that we are going to be more competitive (at Sepang) but anyway it will give us a better idea of where we are," said Alonso.

He said his goal for Malaysia is to qualify in the top five.

Alonso explained: "It is a very demanding circuit for cars, the same with Shanghai, where we will really see who is fast and if we have a good car."

 

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