Championship contender Fernando Alonso was not done much more performance at Abu Dhabi GP Friday practice. The First practice session he took fourth fastest .316 seconds behind his main rival Sebastian Vettel.
In second practice session the Spaniard pushing hard, but only set seventh fastest behind the Red Bull, McLaren and Lotus guys. But he still believes they will take better performance in qualifying.
“The day just ended was a Friday like any other, during which we got through everything on our programme. The morning session was dedicated to a comparison of various aerodynamic solutions, while in the afternoon, we concentrated on the tyres.” Alonso said.
“Between the first and second sessions, the track changed a lot, which to be honest was predictable, because there aren’t many races here over the weekend: at the start, it seemed very dirty but then it improved a lot and tomorrow, it will definitely be even better.”
Felipe Massa – 11th/8th: “We got through everything on our job list, which is always a good thing, both in the first and second free practice sessions. We tested the tyres in the usual way – first on a low fuel load and then with a lot more – to evaluate them over a long run. From what we could see, over a long run we are reasonably competitive, but less so on a single flying lap.”
Brazilian added “Sure, it would be better if we were a bit quicker, but we will see what the situation is when it really matters, which means to say tomorrow afternoon in qualifying.”
Pat Fry (Technical Director): “We are pushing as hard as we can to bring updates to every race. Some of the ones we introduced here seem to be positive, but we must carefully evaluate their performance and then decide which to use in qualifying and the race. Felipe’s long run didn’t seem too bad, but clearly we have to improve our performance over a single lap if we want to start from the front row of the grid.”