“The feeling was very good,” he said in Valencia. “I was running behind a car with cameras, at 60KPH so it was very stable. We did some laps also with no car in front, and ten cameras on the car and on the helmet, so it was not very comfortable to drive, and it was also the first time driving a Ferrari F1 car at Fiorano.
“We are happy with the job done, we arrive here in Valencia with a good package in our car but we remain very calm about our expectations. We know the other teams were not watching TV in the last few weeks, everyone will bring updates here and hopefully ours is a little bit better than the others.”
“Tomorrow [Friday] we’ll have a better answer, we expect to have some steps in the car top make it a little bit quicker, but as I said before, all the other teams will also bring some new parts here. The most important thing is to confirm that we are as competitive here as we were in Canada. We need to keep improving the car; this is a job we need to keep doing until Abu Dhabi. There is a long way to go.”
However Alonso was wary about making any firm predictions, after an unpredicted dip in form at the Turkish GP last month.
“I think it will be interesting to see this race how it goes,” he said. “We’ve been better at some circuits and had more problems at others – it’s been a bit up and down in the last couple of races. Hopefully we can continue the performance we saw in Montreal – the kind that put us on a competitive level, fighting with McLarens and Red Bulls. In Turkey we were not quick enough so we try to confirm the feeling of Canada, being competitive again and hopefully finish on the podium again.”