With rain affecting free practice on Friday, the teams head into raceday a little unsure of how their cars will fare in race trim, but Alonso remains confident that Ferrari can have the edge on its rivals after a solid showing at Albert Park.
“We are not sure about the performance of the car in race pace,” he confirmed, “Obviously, every long run we do is a little bit inconsistent – sometimes we are okay, sometimes not – so we need to see tomorrow how the race goes. We did not have big problems in the long runs on Friday, and in Melbourne the race pace was okay, so there is no reason not to be optimistic for tomorrow. But we'll see what we can do.
“I think we can expect some rain around, like all the afternoons here - if it arrives before the race, at the start of the race, in the middle of the race, at the end of the race, we don't know, so we need to be ready for any change. The only good thing, the only positive thing that we have is that the car performed really well in both conditions: in rain and in the dry, so we are not afraid of what is coming from the sky. Whatever arrives, we will take it and hopefully we will be competitive.”