Alonso: Ferrari might have to improvise
22 May 2014 – Fernando Alonso reckons that the lack of running during Thursday's free practice sessions in Monaco could mean that teams will have to improvise in terms of their strategy for the remainder of the weekend.
Wet weather struck Monaco prior to the start of second practice, meaning that several teams opted to sit out the majority of the session.
Alonso completed a couple of laps on Intermediate tyres before switching to the Super Soft tyre, on which he set the session's fastest time.
"Despite the rain reducing the amount of track time in the second session, we more or less managed to complete all our programme and, with or without a turbo, the complexity of this track remains the same, so doing well in qualifying will be crucial," he said.
"The increase in grip we found over the few laps we did with the Super Soft tyres leaves us in no doubt that this will be the tyre to use on Saturday afternoon, while for the race there is still a lot to learn as no one has done a long run. So we might have to improvise when it comes to strategy."
Ferrari team-mate Kimi Räikkönen was only able to complete four laps due to a gearbox problem striking his F14T.
"In the morning, on the dry track, we tried various set-up options, without encountering any particular problems, apart from a lack of grip at the front under braking," he said.
"In the afternoon, we made a few changes to improve the balance of the car, but having waited almost an hour before being able to go out on track, a problem with the gearbox prevented me from completing the session."