F1 News: 2014 Chinese GP Practice – Ferrari

//F1 News: 2014 Chinese GP Practice – Ferrari

F1 News: 2014 Chinese GP Practice – Ferrari

Ferrari LogoChinese Grand Prix – Pluses and minuses

Fernando Alonso: “All Fridays are the same, a day when you especially need to test the tyres to adapt
to the circuit and on this front, maybe it was less useful than usual, because the forecast for tomorrow
suggests rain is on the way. We have brought some small updates here, which we already tried at the

Bahrain test. Everything worked well and that’s good news. Leaving aside the performance of the
others, I am happy with what we have done today. At every race, all the teams bring something new
and we must try and make an additional step forward if we want to be competitive. This track is
particularly tough on tyres, with the Softs especially suffering from graining over a long run, so it will
be important to work out the tyre plan for Sunday. If it rains tomorrow, we will definitely have less
information for the race and we will have to rely on guesswork. Let’s hope we make the right choices.”

Kimi Raikkonen: “It was a difficult day, that began with a technical problem in the morning session,
which meant I only did an installation lap. Once that was sorted out, in the afternoon, we tried to
make up for lost time, concentrating mainly on getting the set-up suited to this track, sacrificing some
of our race simulation. It’s difficult to give an overall assessment and I definitely missed out a bit
because of the lack of track time. This evening we will concentrate on analysing the data we have
gathered and tomorrow, we will try and make the very most of the final free practice session to get the
car as well prepared as possible for qualifying and the race.”

Pat Fry: “It’s been a particularly demanding Friday, both for the drivers on track and for the guys in
the garage. In the first session, Kimi’s car stayed in the garage throughout the session after completing
his installation lap. With Fernando we managed to complete several aerodynamic tests and carry out
some checks on the power unit. The afternoon ran more smoothly and with both cars we worked on
balance and power delivery. Even if we are making progress on all fronts, we are well aware that it’s
always hard to know where you stand on a Friday. Today’s low temperatures affected tyre
performance and even if we can expect the track surface to be in better condition tomorrow, the rain
expected for qualifying could turn the session in

2018-07-17T23:21:36+00:00April 18th, 2014|Formula One|