Ferrari less competitive, claims Alonso
1 November 2013 – Fernando Alonso says his Ferrari team was "a bit less competitive than usual" on the opening day of practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but admits that he is confused as to whether this is a result of track characteristics or an incorrect set-up direction.
Having ended the opening 90-minute session in 12th, Alonso made progress in the twilight outing to classify eighth, although the Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber were almost a second quicker at the head of the combined timesheets.
"Compared to other Fridays, we were a bit less competitive than usual and now we need to work out if that is down to the fact that the track characteristics do not suit our car, or if it's a question of set-up," Alonso told reporters at the Yas Marina Circuit.
"The tyres work better here than in India, where they suffered a lot from blistering in the fast corners. Here they are better, especially at night when the temperature drops."
Alonso added that he is keen to reclaim second in the Constructors' standings after Mercedes moved 10 points clear in India, but remains well aware of the task ahead.
"Unfortunately we are behind our rivals for second in the Constructors' classification," he said. "Compared to the start of the year, they have improved and will be difficult to beat, but we will do our utmost because we absolutely don't want to give up the fight."