Ferrari: We have a very big potential to make progress and that’s encouraging 30 January, 2014 Fernando Alonso – Ferrari F14T Fernando Alonso made his first on-track appearance of the season at the wheel of the F14 T on the penultimate day of testing at Jerez de la Frontera. It didn’t take long for Fernando to get to grips with the new car. In the morning, he worked on a programme centred on aerodynamic mapping measurement, while in the afternoon work on development continued with particular attention paid to car set-up. It was another profitable day for the Scuderia. Alonso completed a total of 58 laps, the fastest in a time of 1:25.495. “It’s always nice to be driving again, especially in front of your home crowd,” said Fernando. “I’ve missed it for a few months now, even if I’ve spent hours in the simulator in Maranello and the feeling I got from the track was as exciting as ever. Now we have a lot of work ahead of us, but we have a very big potential to make progress and that’s encouraging.” Testing continues at this circuit tomorrow, the fourth and final day of work at the Jerez circuit with Fernando Alonso. (Ferrari) Subbed by AJN. Related NewsAlonso on duty first as Ferrari focuses on engine in BahrainWere Ferrari sandbagging with the F14T during Jerez testing?Domenicali: Solid starting point which we must now exploit as much as possibleFerrari: We were able to do a good number of lapsAlonso: Real excitement is not in the simulator, its out on track in a real car in front of fansFerrari interested in innovative McLaren suspensionAllison: Kimi might not say much, but he knows what to say to make the car quickerRaikkonen: The cars are much slower? It’s pointless making comparisons with the pastFerrari: Formula 1 season got off at a snail’s paceDe la Rosa: Ferrari not giving up on this year Nowhereman They have a reliable machine and now can start tweaking it. Taskmaster They have a semi-reliable machine at part power. Race day will be a bigger challenge for all. This week was nothing but a shake down, we won’t see these cars running at full blat until the last practice, or the first race in Australia. Between now and then, drawing conclusions about anything this early is premature. Renault certainly has a lot to do, while Mercedes seems ahead of the curve, for now. Ferrari are looking good, but have had their share of flatbed rides so far -indicating they are not yet completely sorted either. Early teething problems may or may not indicate anything. Expect Red Bull will be staying up nights re-designing their packaging, which is catching them out on several levels. WestMclarenMercedes @Taskmaster. Absolutely right mate. We wont hear these things or see these cars at full speed and revs till melbourne or last days of bahrain testing. Cant wait to see and hear these machines at full speed. StevetheGreat Still looks like a Ferrari entry for Robot Wars, lol. And what are they thinking keeping that black on the livery??? Forza Ferrari @Taskmaster Have to agree. It’s way too early to make any conclusions right now. These first test days are nothing more than getting to know the cars and new systems. We won’t know who is really the fastest until qualifying in Melbourne starts. Virender @All, They are on Track (Few Hiccups are part and parcel of testing) and will show potential in due Course, Forza Ferrari, Its Alonso OR Kimi for WDC for Sure..