Apr.22 (GMM) He may be in Bahrain, but Fernando Alonso's mind is thinking firmly ahead to Europe as the Spaniard prepares to struggle on Sunday yet again.
Ferrari's number one driver squeezed into Q3 with the struggling F2012 on Saturday, and is targeting some minor points on Sunday.
"The two McLarens and the two Red Bulls are at the front, and there's (also) Rosberg," Alonso is quoted by Auto Motor und Sport, predicting how Sunday's race will unfold.
"We're not going to go past them. For us, we are racing behind the top five."
He is hoping it will be his latest and last experience of life as a midfielder in 2012.
For Barcelona, the first European race of the season mid next month, Ferrari - so disappointed with its start to the season - is planning a major upgrade for the F2012.
An added bonus is that it can be tested at Mugello in early May.
"Despite our problems I am in third place in the championship, and tomorrow (Sunday) I have a chance to score well. That's more than we expected.
"Next is Barcelona, a most important race for us. I hope the season starts again for me (there)," said Alonso.