Teammate Kimi Räikkönen was less impressive
By: Adam Cooper on April 4, 2014
LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Fernando Alonso is observed as one particular of the major rivals to Mercedes’; recent run of dominance in F1.
Fernando Alonso led the chase of Mercedes in practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix today as the Ferrari driver took third spot in the 2 sessions.
Nevertheless, it was shut on soft tires in FP2, as Alonso was less than one particular-10th of a second ahead of Daniel Ricciardo’;s Red Bull Racing automobile and Felipe Massa’;s Williams.
“Today was very helpful, especially FP2, to discover about the habits of the tires and the vehicle,” said Alonso. “Even if we did a great deal of operating here in winter testing, now it’;s like starting from scratch and one has to adapt to the new indications coming from the differing track conditions. We know our powerful factors and the locations we must target on to increase, but we have to not overreact in attempting to close the performance gap. At the second we should make regular progress, whilst nonetheless trying to keep an eye on reliability, which has brought us a very good points haul in the 1st couple of races, which is always very critical.”
Kimi Räikkönen was plainly much less satisfied with progress, the Finn taking sixth and 14th in the 2 sessions.
“Overall, this was a tough day, since I did not really feel cozy with the vehicle in both session. In the first 1, I damaged the floor on the curb at turn No. 4 and this meant I had to pit,” he stated. “The crew did a super work, simply because they acquired me back out on track in a quick time, but then, simply because of a problem with the brakes, I was unable to full the plan. In the 2nd session we concentrated on hunting at the 2 Pirelli compounds and with the soft [compound] it was undoubtedly better than the medium.”
“Work on each automobiles concentrated on set-up, aimed at strengthening stability underneath braking,” explained engineering boss Pat Fry. “In the earlier session, Kimi’;s system was interrupted when the floor on his F14T was partly broken soon after he hit a curb at flip No. 4, but we had no issues with Fernando. Then tonight, we did a extended run test and now we need to look closely at tire overall performance, which is a key issue this weekend, along with fuel consumption.
“It will be interesting to see how the hierarchy will modify among tomorrow and Sunday, due to the fact the technical characteristics of this track suggest the gaps in between some of the teams could shut up.”
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