Alonso confident of improved Ferrari pace
5 July 2013 – Fernando Alonso was in a positive frame of mind following the opening two practice sessions at the Nürburgring on Friday, the Ferrari driver claiming that his team is back to the level of competitiveness it enjoyed prior to last weekend's British Grand Prix.
The Spaniard, who was hindered by a persistent electronic issue in the opening 90-minute practice session, ultimately ended the day sixth fastest, 0.640 seconds behind overall pace-setter and main championship rival Sebastian Vettel.
"Today went better than last Friday and even if there is still a long way to go, in general we seem to have made a step forward and returned to the level of competitiveness which we had prior to Silverstone," Alonso commented. "One of the positives was the behaviour of the tyres which worked well today and did not create any problems.
"Unfortunately, we lost the morning session because of a programming problem on the electronic control unit, which we then changed. That halved our work programme and this evening we will have to do all we can to make up for it, but we already have an idea of where and how to make changes, because Mercedes, Red Bull and Lotus are ahead of us and we want something better than being the third or fourth team."
Team-mate Felipe Massa finished the day three thousandths adrift in seventh.