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Alonso: Barcelona will be a much better starting point

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso is expecting Ferrari will improve performance at Barcelona test. Ferrari’s technical director Pat Fry admitted he was not pleased with its improvement in the first three days of running.

“I think it’s very early days at the moment,” Alonso said in last day test at Jerez. “There is still a lot of work to do. At the moment we need to keep understanding the car a lot, maybe we understand 20% of what we need and in the next [test] days we will try to get the rest.

“There is still a lot of work to do with the setup, because here we concentrated on the aerodynamics, the constant speed [tests] and some different other reliability tests. But there is a lot more to come also from the setup.

“There are only two more tests unfortunately, because we are one test less than last year, so in Barcelona we need to maximise the time on the track – that is maybe the only negative thing of today. Nine hours available track time and we only did 39 laps, so in Barcelona we need to 100 laps or more because all of that information in those laps will be welcome.”

“There’s still a long way to go until Australia in terms of how many days testing we can do,” Alonso added. “The progress in these four days has been quite big for us, maybe not in performance or times – I don’t know what the times or the track conditions in the first few days compared to now – but definitely all the tests we did and all the understanding of the car has been positive for us and we will arrive in Barcelona much more prepared than how we arrived in Jerez. That is also what Pat tried to say yesterday.

“We arrived at Jerez thinking one idea of the car and maybe it was not exactly like that, but we worked around and we found the performance there and we found the happiness or the level of confidence of driving this car now in day three and day four. Day one in Barcelona will be a much better starting point.”


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