'Ferrari on the right road' – Alonso
25 July 2014 – Fernando Alonso is sure that Ferrari is on the 'right road' following Friday's free practice sessions for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Alonso was fourth quickest in the second of the 90 minute outings and reckons Ferrari's higher-than-usual workload paid dividends.
"Going from one race to the next doesn't usually involve many changes, but here, unlike what usually happens on a Friday, we had to work a lot on the set-up, to try and adapt the car to the circuit, the tyres and the high temperatures," he said.
"So there was rather more work than usual, but it produced results and we improved run after run. Sure, there's still a lot to do to be as competitive as we'd like, but I think we're on the right road. There's less grip here than in previous years, but it's the same for everyone and now we have to try and prepare the car as well as possible for qualifying and the race."
Team-mate Kimi Räikkönen enjoyed one of his best showings of the season, having backed up his third fastest time in the first session with sixth in the afternoon's running.
"In the first free practice session, we managed to do a good job, testing various solutions on the programme and I was feeling reasonably pleased with the handling of the car," he said.
"Then, in the afternoon, I went out for a second run on the Medium tyres, because the behaviour of this compound seemed worse as the temperature went up and that affected the handling of the car, while on the Soft I had no problems.
"In the second part of the session I did a race simulation with both compounds: unfortunately when I fitted the Mediums I had a problem with the left rear and I had to pit earlier than planned. The telemetry didn't show any problem on the car, so I hope that the data will point us in the right direction for the next two days."