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Special to make my debut in red, says Alonso

Fernando Alonso: The car went well and it was fast; it had a good set up, too, which is positive.
Fernando Alonso was delighted following his first run in the Ferrari F10 this week and said that he 'felt immediately at ease'.

Alonso was quickest on the final day of the Valencia test, his best a 1 minute 11.470 seconds, which not only kept the Scuderia on top for the third day in a row, but was also the quickest time of the week.

Speaking following his 127 tours at the wheel of Ferrari's latest F1 car, the two-time world champion was clearly pleased.

"I've been waiting for this moment for months and finally it's here," Alonso told the Scuderia's official website. "We've worked a lot over the last weeks, but I was still missing the experience on the track. Today I concentrated mainly on getting to know the car.

"There were many new things for me here, such as the Schubert helmet and the Brembo brakes I had never used before. I must say that I felt at ease immediately thanks to Felipe's work during the last days: the car went well and it was fast; it had a good set up, too, which is positive.

"It's absolutely impossible to say where we stand compared to the others though: I didn't watch them closely, because I had too much work to do with my team. Anyway it's far too early to say anything. There are so many unknown factors and it's a bit like training for football teams, you never know if they're playing with two goalies or only with their second team.

"It's true, we drove many laps over the last three days. To be competitive you need a reliable car and we're on the right track. The technicians have lots of data now to prepare us the best possible way for the next tests. It's important that the data we had before we came here has been confirmed on the track. We need to continue like this and in the last tests, we need to try to find the car's limit."

Around 36,000 fans packed out the Valencia track for the final test day and Alonso was bowled over by their enthusiasm.

"I knew that many fans had been expected here, but this was something else. We're in the middle of the week and it's incredible to see so many people on the grandstands.

"This was a very special day for me. Not only because I finally had my debut in red, but it's also my father's birthday, who was here with me. I enjoyed every single one of those 127 laps," he summed-up.



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ChrisF1 - Unregistered

February 05, 2010 3:33 PM

Ferrari and Alonso are a perfect match (and Im not a Ferrari fan) Alonso was the only choice for Ferrari. Hamilton is fast but not a complete F1 driver and Vettel is still too young. I can see a few years of Alonso/Ferrari domination coming. (you have to be special to bet Schumi to 2 world championships in a Renault, no?

Cooper - Unregistered

February 05, 2010 5:27 PM

How silly to think LH blew away Alonso in 2007.... Copying data and car set up,having no DNF due to failures (other than his own clumsy hands on his steering wheel), being favoured since Spa by Ron Dennis (Such a fool will die regretting how unfair he was to Alonso and how stupid was to lose the WDC by favouring a driver who, due to unexperience, finally lost it to Kimi)and FIA (not another WDC to Alonso because it's not, for sure, as good for business than having the first black F1 winning driver). Furthermore....What about LH going against his own team in Hungary after disobeying team orders? This meant a point loss for Alonso enough for him to have ended WDC.



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