Alonso gets first taste of 2014 contender
15 December 2013 – Fernando Alonso tested a virtual version of Ferrari's latest Formula 1 challenger earlier this week.
The Spaniard, making his final visit to the team's Maranello factory before Christmas, completed a busy simulator programme, getting to grips with the various new procedures that the drivers will face from next season.
"I'm pleased with the way the day on the simulator went," Alonso told the official Ferrari website. "We managed to get through everything on the programme that we had in the pipeline.
"It was nice to be driving again, even if only in a virtual way. We went through a lot of ideas with the engineers: we are only at the start of a learning process which is moving forward all the time.
"It's nice to be able to contribute to it."
In 2014, Alonso will partner Kimi Räikkönen, Ferrari's most recent title winner with his 2007 triumph.