Fernando Alonso hopes Ferrari avoid the reliability problems that have hit them in the last two race weekends.
Hydraulic problems in practice limited his running in Shanghai and Istanbul as the team tried to test new developments on the 150?é?? Italia.
Alonso said: “It will be very important to run continuously in Friday?óÔé¼Ôäós two free practice sessions to fine tune the car and check out the behaviour of the new technical components.
“It will also be vital to study the performance and wear of the tyres. In the race simulations we did during testing we saw significant degradation, especially on the front left tyre, which is put under major stress: we will see if, with different temperatures, that situation changes.”
He praised the efforts of the Ferrari team in developing the car but warned he may not be able to challenge for victory at his home track:
“On paper, we do not yet have the potential to be in a straight fight for the win, with one team clearly the favourite in this regard.
“However, we know things can change quickly in our sport and, in Turkey, finally we managed to bring home a podium finish. The road is still long, but I believe we have at least started down it going in the right direction.
“These past few days, the team has worked so hard in Maranello on developing the 150?é?? Italia and in order to be as well prepared as possible for these two back to back races, given that next week will be back on track in Monaco.
“During the days I spent in the factory I could feel that everyone there really wants to fight back: the feeling is so strong you can almost touch it, whether you are speaking with people in meetings or as you walk around the Gestione Sportiva.”
2011 Spanish Grand Prix
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- Ferrari: Alonso stars, Massa struggles
- Mercedes: Rosberg wanted Schumacher to let him pass
- Renault: Heidfeld eighth after “worst fire of my career”
- Williams: Maldonado reaches Q3 but still no points
- Sauber: Kobayashi gets point after puncture
- Force India hold back on aerodynamic upgrade
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