Alonso encouraged by Ferrari updates
18 April 2014 – Fernando Alonso says that he is encouraged by the upgrades which Ferrari has applied to the F14 T ahead of this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix.
Alonso, who topped the first practice session, was second fastest overall on Friday, just over a tenth of a second slower than Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton.
"All Fridays are the same, a day when you especially need to test the tyres to adapt to the circuit and on this front, maybe it was less useful than usual, because the forecast for tomorrow suggests rain is on the way," he said.
"We have brought some small updates here, which we already tried at the Bahrain test. Everything worked well and that's good news. Leaving aside the performance of the others, I am happy with what we have done today. At every race, all the teams bring something new and we must try and make an additional step forward if we want to be competitive. This track is particularly tough on tyres, with the Softs especially suffering from graining over a long run, so it will be important to work out the tyre plan for Sunday."
Kimi Räikkönen endured a less positive day as problems with his F14 T curtailed his running in the first session after just a solitary exploration lap. The Finn recovered to seventh place.
"In the afternoon, we tried to make up for lost time, concentrating mainly on getting the set-up suited to this track, sacrificing some of our race simulation," he said. "It's difficult to give an overall assessment and I definitely missed out a bit because of the lack of track time.