Sept.26 – The Ferrari speedy Fernando Alonso win at the British GP in last July raise expectation, and the Italian squad come-back strong second half of the battle could lift him in to title contention, but the team has failed to make the steps forward with the car that it had hoped.
Ferrari F1 Technical director Pat Fry said: “You have to say that at the moment we have got the third best car. We are working hard to try and understand it, and there are a few details that we are going to have to tidy up and improve for Japan and then we have some other bits that are turning up for Korea. We are keeping up the learning process, and there are still new bits coming through – but at the moment we have the third quickest car.”
“I think Silverstone was interesting,” he added. “I still think if we had to put the harder tyre on at Silverstone we would have struggled, but the wets and starting on inters helped us out there.
“I think Suzuka will be a struggle for us again, but it is similar conditions to Silverstone. Sometimes it is normally quite cool there, so one tyre we will get working well and the other we need to understand how to get the speed out of the medium.”
Pat Fry also said that the high tyre degradation Ferrari undergoes in Singapore was not unpredicted, even though the team has been comparatively good on its rubber so far this season.
“I think that was down to the nature of the different tracks,” he said. “If you go to a circuit with long, high-speed corners where you load the tyres very hard, our car is quite easy on the tyres and we don’t blister the tyres or create the temperature inside the tyre to make it blister. In Singapore the tyre issues are not blistering or anything like that, the bulk temperature of the tyre is quite cold. But the surface temperature is very high, so the nature of this track does not suit us, whereas you have seen us look better in the past.”
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