Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018
ROME

F1: Alonso gives thumbs up to Ferrari F138

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Rome, February 20 - Ferrari's Fernando Alonso has
given a provisional thumbs up to the Italian team's new race car
after his first taste of the F138.
Ferrari's campaign to win the Formula One title both last
year and the year before was hampered by slow starts to the
season caused by their car not being up to the pace.
Spaniard Alonso squeezed every possible ounce of speed out
of last year's car, the F2012, but ultimately he was thwarted by
the limitations of his machinery and finished the championship
three points behind Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel.
Ferrari's Brazilian driver Felipe Massa, however, said
after F1's first set of pre-season tests that the F138 is a
world away from its predecessor.
Alonso agrees, although he stressed that there is
undoubtedly still a lot of work to do before the season-opening
Australian Grand Prix in March.
"I feel reasonably pleased with this first day and I can
say I share Felipe's opinion that the car is on another planet
compared to the one we began with on the first day of testing
last year," said Alonso, who won the 2005 and 2006 world titles
with Renault.
"That was a good start - not like last year when we drove
for the first time and were a little bit surprised on the bad
side.
"In the next couple of days a lot of work is waiting for us
with the tyres, the aerodynamics, with some new components, and
of course we have to focus on doing a lot of mileage.
"The only quantum of optimism that I have for 2013 is that
I fought for the championship last year with a car that was two
seconds off the pace in winter.
"We overcame our bad start of 2012, so there is no reason
for us not to fight for the championship again this year if we
only improve the car a bit".
Alonso's first day of testing in Barcelona on Tuesday was
almost entirely dedicated to collecting data for the development
of the car and improving the team's understanding of the new
Pirelli tyres.
Nevertheless, the 31-year-old still managed to notch the
third-best time.
He registered the fourth-best time in Wednesday's morning
session, which Ferrari devoted to the car's set-up.
"I am sure that we will be strong in Australia," added
Alonso, who joined Ferrari in 2010.
"We need to improve from where we were last year because
obviously it was not enough - we finished second and we want to
finish first.
"So our immediate goal to improve in the first half of the
year shouldn't be that difficult. We are relatively confident".

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