Alonso encouraged by “perfect day” in F138

2013 F1 seasonPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Circuit de Catalunya, 2013Fernando Alonso said he sees no reason why Ferrari can’t compete for the world championship after his fourth day driving the F138.

“I don’t see any reasons to not think so,” he told media in Barcelona.

Alonso said the team were enjoying a better start to the season than last year: “We didn’t know what the car was doing, we didn’t understand what was going on at the wind tunnel and track.”

“And with that car we fight for the world championship until Brazil.”

“We have now a car that is responding well to our changes to the car,” said Alonso. “We have a car that is doing what we expect the car to do.”

Alonso added “we know that maybe we are not the quickest” but said he was happy with the potential shown by the car so far:

“The starting point, the potential of this car is there, we can touch it now. Last year it was a dream to make that car work.”

Alonso was relieved to have had a productive test despite rain falling early in the day:

“It was a fantastic day,” he said. “To be honest when we saw the forecast yesterday and this morning we thought maybe the plan was over because the rain was supposed to be very heavy and we’d be not allowed to test a few things that we wanted.”

“But in the morning we completed the programme we want, it was a little bit a strange programme but a necessary programme of understanding some of the new parts of the car.

“And then in the afternoon we did some long runs, we pushed the intermediates to the limit when the circuit was quite dry. We were in very wet conditions this morning with both tyres, extreme [wet] and the inters. The inters new, the inters scrubbed from yesterday.

“The information we have from today we don’t have in ten days of testing so it’s a perfect day.”

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