Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Bahrain, 2014

Alonso welcomes qualifying changes

2014 Australian Grand PrixPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Bahrain, 2014Fernando Alonso has welcomed the changes to the qualifying rules which will see drivers allocated an extra set of the ‘option’ tyre compound after Q2.

“I think this change is welcome, we’ll see more cars on track,” said Alonso. “I arrive many times with no new sets for Q3, so now I’m happy.”

However he said change would “not be huge difference, from the outside especially”.

“There was some cars that didn’t run in Q3 or they did only one run in Q3, now maybe we see an extra lap for everybody. But apart of that I think it’s not a huge change in approach in the qualifying for the teams, for the drivers.”

Alonso would not be drawn on how competitive his Ferrari might be in the first race of the year.

“I think it’s very difficult to tell how competitive we are at the moment,” he said. “We will know some answers in 24 hours or 48 hours, we will know a little bit more than what we know now.”

“But I think the car itself and the technology that Formula One brought this year is a little bit complex to everyone and we are learning and we are developing the car every day that we work on it.

“So as I said, a little bit unknown situation for everybody, we just need to put everything together, maximise what we have and see where we are.”

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