Former world champion Fernando Alonso believes increased competition from fellow Ferrari driver Felipe Massa is good news for the whole team.
The Brazilian driver outpaced Alonso for the fourth consecutive qualifying session to book second place on the grid in tomorrow’s Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix.
But Alonso, who qualified in third just over a tenth of a second behind his team-mate, welcomed the competition.
“It is the best news for the team," Alonso, who won the world championship in 2005 and 2006, said.
"We need to have a competition between the two drivers, to share information, and to compare and analyse all the data we have.
"This is only good news for the team. We push ourselves to our own limits.
“It is not the first time that we have very close competition,” he added.
"It was very close the last three years as well, but it was not that close in terms of results because Felipe had some bad luck, some incidents, some mechanical problems."