Fernando Alonso: "I am better than last year"

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Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso says that he is in better shape than last year as he prepares for the 2013 Formula 1 season.

Fernando Alonso has warned his rivals that he is in better shape than last season, as he aims to win his first Formula 1 world championship for Ferrari.

The Spaniard finished second behind Sebastian Vettel in the drivers' championship last season and was voted Driver of the Year by Formula 1 team principals.

When asked if he felt there was room to improve on last year's showing, Alonso told Autosport: "I think always you can improve and I am ready to do so.

"Last year was the best year of my career and I was very happy with the performance, but I think this year will be better.

"We have a better starting point, and I have learned from some mistakes of last year. You can improve always as a driver in terms of tyre management, and in terms of preparation approach for the grand prix.

"I have prepared better; I am better than last year."

The 2013 season begins with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 17.

Fernando Alonso steers his car off track during the Brazilian GP on November 25, 2012
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