Nothing has changed for Ferrari, says Alonso
16 March 2012 – Fernando Alonso is expecting no miracles from Ferrari on Saturday, predicting the team will be in a similar position to where it finished testing. Friday was a difficult start to the weekend for the Scuderia and not just because of changeable weather.
Alonso finished fourth in both 90-minute periods at Albert Park, with team-mate Felipe Massa compromising the end of his first session by spinning into the Turn 9 gravel trap.
“There is still a bit of work to do tomorrow before qualifying, but I think the others are in a similar position,” Alonso began. “I am reasonably satisfied with the car; the initial feeling as to its balance is positive. There’s no point looking at the timesheet from today with a view to making predictions for qualifying.
“Tomorrow I expect to see a very mixed up grid because there are so many teams that have done a good job over the winter. We will try and do our best, putting together the best elements we have tried in the past weeks, including a few details we brought here. However, my opinion has not changed; we wait for tomorrow to see where we are compared to the others.”
Massa was left to regret his early-season error:
“The rain complicated matters. In the first session I went off-track, which cost me a bit of time; as I was braking, I got the left-rear wheel on the grass and the car took off on its own, only stopping in the gravel.
"All things considered, it wasn’t really possible to understand much as to where we are compared to the others. I did too few laps to say if the car has changed since the last day of the Barcelona test.”
Ferrari is yet to win in Melbourne since Kimi Räikkönen’s triumph of 2007.
- Massa's spin in Practice 1 can be viewed at GPUpdate TV