Jerez Test II Final Day: Ferrari report

Fernando Alonso

Feb.20 (YF1) A satisfied Fernando Alonso left the “Circuito Permanente de Velocidad” after two days and almost 1,200 kilometres behind the wheel of the Ferrari single-seater. Today the Spanish driver worked on the car’s set up and simulated a Grand Prix, although he was slowed down by some red flags. In the end he drove a total of 137 laps, his fastest in a time of 1.20.436, behind Jenson Button’s 1.18.871 the Englishman had driven in the morning. Between the two drivers there were Kubica, Kobayashi, Liuzzi and Rosberg.

This gap today and over the eight days of testing don’t worry Fernando at all. “I think that someone showed his muscles today, while we didn’t,’ the Spaniard said at the end of the day. “We’ll see in Barcelona – when we’ll show up with the latest updates – where we are compared to the others. We can say that we’re on the right way. Over these two days on the dry I could drive many miles and I’m satisfied by the car’s performance and reliability. The F10 is growing very well and there’s nothing that should worry us. We worked on the long run today and the signs we got are really positive. Naturally we have to improve, because we’re not at the max, but we’re getting there. Where we have to improve? There’s always something to do, but telling you would mean I’d be like a goalie telling you about his weak point so all the strikers would hit there!”

Alonso will be back on the track next Thursday, 25 February at the “Circuit de Catalunya” near Barcelona, where the fourth and last test session before the start of the 2010 Championship will be held. Fernando will be behind the wheel of the F10 for two days, replaced by Felipe Massa on Saturday and Sunday.