Alonso gets taste of 2014 season on Ferrari simulator 14 December, 2013 Fernando Alonso Fernando Alonso’s last weekend of the year in Maranello got underway with a first try-out of what lies in store for next season. The Spaniard arrived at Maranello and immediately got down to work with a busy simulator programme. The purpose of the day was to get a first taste of all the new procedures in which the driver will be involved, in managing the 2014 car. “I’m pleased with the way the day on the simulator went,” Fernando said afterwards. “We managed to get through everything on the programme that we had in the pipeline. It was nice to be driving again, even if only in a virtual way. We went through a lot of ideas with the engineers: we are only at the start of a learning process which is moving forward all the time and it’s nice to be able to contribute to it.” At the end of the session, Fernando went to Rome by helicopter, where he met up with Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo. Scuderia Ferrari’s traditional Christmas lunch takes place on Satruday, when all the men and women who work on the Maranello marque’s racing activities, gather, along with the drivers as well as people from the team’s technical and commercial partners. It will also be the final time to get together with Felipe Massa as a Ferrari driver, even if the Brazilian will always consider the staff as a second racing family. (Ferrari) Subbed by AJN. Related NewsRicciardo: Ferrari dream is just a clicheContract may allow Alonso to leave FerrariLauda: I apologise to Ferrari, Luca and Italian fansAlonso hints that Raikkonen must improveLauda: McLaren and Ferrari have sh*t carsAlonso: Hockenheim best race of season so farAlonso: I’ve heard a lot of plansAlonso: Ricciardo was very, very smart – a great fightRed Bull and Ferrari considered protesting MercedesFerrari: We pushed to the limit fools wish I could attend Bob Wheeler I like the kid photobombing Alonso in the pic! LOL Junior Johnson Look at all these dumb kids! I hate kids! They smell bad and usually dirty. Plus theyr always so stupid Sam Wonder where is Kimi. Hopefully his back is fit again. No need for him to try the simulator as he is a quick learner. He can do it while I am holding his drinks.