Ferrari on a high for Malaysian GP

Fernando Alonso leads teammate Felipe Massa by four points after two rounds of the world drivers' championship. (AFP)

Buoyant Ferrari head into this week's Malaysian Grand Prix leading the drivers' and constructors' championships and with their confidence sky-high and rebuilt after last year's debacle.

Fernando Alonso leads teammate Felipe Massa by four points after two rounds of the world drivers' championship. Ferrari are ahead of chief rivals McLaren-Mercedes in the constructors' rankings.

The Italian giants endured a dismal 2009 season finishing in fourth place behind Brawn GP, for their lowest season finish since 1993.

But the resurgence continued in Sunday's Australian GP with Massa third and two-time world champion Alonso fourth behind tearaway McLaren winner Jenson Button.

The Sepang track represents different and challenging conditions after the dry heat of Bahrain and the changeable weather of Melbourne's street circuit.

Team principal Stefano Domenicali praised the efforts of his two drivers but warned of new challenges in steamy Malaysia.

 

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