Alonso still unsure where Ferrari stand
12 October 2012 – Fernando Alonso is yet to comment on just how far off the pace Ferrari may be at Yeongam, having finished Friday in third position and three tenths of a second behind title rival Sebastian Vettel. As is always the case in the opening pair of practice sessions, fuel loads can very much mask the true capabilities of all cars.
“It’s hard to say where we are compared to the others because today we focused mainly on ourselves,” said the Korean Grand Prix winner of two years ago. “This morning we worked on a comparison of various ideas relating to car configuration and in the afternoon on the tyres. We must wait until tomorrow to have a more precise picture of the situation.”
Alonso went on to hope that the track grip levels improve for Saturday morning, whereas team-mate Felipe Massa ended the day in sixth place.
“I’d say this weekend has got off on the right foot, but the important thing is to continue down this path tomorrow and Sunday, when it really counts,” the Brazilian began. “Our car seems pretty good on this track which is cause to be hopeful, even if we will only discover the truth in qualifying tomorrow. From what we could see this afternoon, the difference between the Soft and the Super Soft is definitely a big one.”
Most of the field suffered for tyres. As the tarmac delivers an almost street circuit effect, levels of graining were high which led to limited running for some.