Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Sepang, 2012

Ferrari ‘eight tenths of a second off the pace’

2012 Chinese Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Sepang, 2012Ferrari technical director Pat Fry says the team are around eight tenths of a second off the pace in normal conditions.

Despite Fernando Alonso leading the drivers’ championship, Fry says the team have a lot of progress to make: “I certainly wasn?t expecting to have one driver leading the championship.

“From quite early on in testing, we realised we had quite a few issues we needed to sort out. Everyone at the factory has been working hard at that, as we still have a long way to go.

“I think our dry qualifying performance is still around eight tenths off the best while we want to be the best ourselves.

“Damp, low grip conditions suit our car and flatter some of the issues we have with the F2012 at the moment. You could see that in Melbourne on Friday and again in the race in Malaysia.”

Fry added: “If I was asked to rate the overall performance of the Scuderia so far, I?d mark it differently depending on different sections of the company.

“The team, the mechanics at the track have worked very well: in Melbourne we had the quickest pit stops and in Malaysia the speed of the pit crew and the strategy saw us gain position or time on others every time we pitted.

“However, ranking the actual performance of the package, I?d rate it much lower.

“Another plus is the way the team is responding, dealing with the stresses of trying to play catch-up. The manufacturing department, working on some of the more aggressive requests we?ve made, has responded very well.

“So, it?s been a great team effort, but we haven?t done a good job in getting the car out on track to be quickest from the start.”

Fry said the team have brought forward some updates planned for later races and will have them at this weekend’s race in Shanghai: “New parts are coming through and we are trying to get them to the race track as quickly as possible.

“We will have five updates for China, some are quite visible others less so.

“Then there will be a bigger upgrade package for Spain. It would be nice to have them earlier, but we have already brought forward some parts we were developing for Spain and we should have them in China.”

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