SHANGHAI (AFP) - Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso on Saturday insisted that Ferrari were still eyeing the podium at the Chinese Grand Prix despite another disappointing and lacklustre qualifying performance. The 29-year-old Spaniard said that he felt much more confident about the team's form in racing than in qualifying after another low-key run to fifth place on the grid Saturday. Team-mate Brazilian Felipe Massa qualified sixth. For Alonso , it will the third race this season in succession for which he has started fifth. This time he was almost 1.5 seconds off the pace set by pole-man and defending champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull. "We feel more confident about our race pace than qualy (qualifying)," Alonso said. "We saw in the first two races the same thing. On Saturday we struggle a little bit more, so I expect tomorrow we'll have a little bit more of a competitive car and starting fifth anything can happen. "The podium is still the target for us, the dream for us. If we can do it, ok, and if not fourth will be ok, if not fifth will be ok. "Overall, for the team, I think we did ok, and fifth and sixth at the moment is the maximum we can do with what we have in our hands. We delivered today what we are supposed to deliver."