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Alonso doesn't expect a rapid turnaround

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SHANGHAI (AP) Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso doesn't expect a rapid turnaround for his struggling team following the resignation of team principal Stefano Domenicali, but he still has hopes the team can be competitive later in the F1 season.

Domenicali, who led the team for six years, stepped down this week following a poor start to the season. He was replaced by Marco Mattiacci, president of Ferrari North America.

Alonso isn't confident the change in leadership will bring better results in the short term, with the team still struggling with the introduction of new fuel-efficient six-cylinder engines. But he hopes Mattiacci can help recognize the team's weaknesses so improvements can be made.

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