Fernando Alonso says that first priority is to finish at Australian GP, still they concerning about duo DNF. Mercedes and Williams successively made consistent performance in pre-season testing; But Ferrari and Renault teams are still worried about race distance.
“We have no idea what the performance is going to be until the weekend,” Alonso said.
“We can just maximise the potential we have in our hand. It is not as for granted as it was last year that everyone was 100% ready for the opening race. This year we will see more problems for everybody so the first priority is to finish. If we can do everything well we can do well. It’s very difficult to tell how competitive we are at the moment and we will know some answers in 24 hours or 48 hours. We will know a little bit more than we know now.”
“In qualifying as usual you can [drive flat out], and some laps in free practice, and some laps in the race. I don’t think there will be a big difference compared to previous years, especially since Pirelli arrived as we have been managing the tyres a lot for high degradation. I think it will be hard to see from the viewers or the grandstand if we are saving fuel because it may be one tenth or half a tenth difference in the lap time.”
“I think it will not be a huge difference from the outside. There were some cars which did not run in Q3 or did only one lap now maybe we will see an extra lap for everyone. Apart from that there’s no difference in approaching the qualifying for the drivers and the teams. Change is welcome to see more cars on track. I’ve arrived many times with no new sets of tyres for Q3 so now I’m happy.”