Fernando Alonso admits he is upbeat about the competitiveness of the new Ferrari F10, unveiled in Maranello on Thursday morning.
The Spaniard is joining Ferrari from Renault, replacing Kimi Raikkonen and aiming to take the title back to Maranello after a poor 2009 season. Alonso says he is approaching the new challenge with calm as he is confident the work done by his new team will result in a competitive car.
"I'm very calm regarding the work done by all the technicians at Ferrari," said Alonso. "We have the best technicians in the world. The work we're doing in February, with Felipe's and my suggestions on the car, makes me really confident as far as the first race is concerned.
"We have a team that is able to set up the best possible car for you in a very short time. What raises our confidence are the technicians, the data from the wind tunnel, the suspension, the mechanics and the engine. It might even happen that the data on the track will be even more encouraging."
The two-time champion said joining Ferrari is the realization of another dream for him.
"All the dreams in my career came true: now the one to become a Ferrari driver," he added. "Ten years ago I met Ferrari managers, but back then it was about racing for a client team, like Prost. Now the feeling is different, I can almost feel the car in Valencia, it's very exciting. I hope to stay here for many years, because if you don't win the championship one year, you don't have to consider to change the team."
And the Spaniard insisted his relationship with new teammate Felipe Massa is already very good.
"Felipe and I both race for Ferrari. It is important that a red car wins. We'll both give it our all to improve our performance, we'll both give 100%. I've always had strong teammates and I never had any problems with then. I have a great relation to all of them and it won't be different with Felipe."