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Hungarian F1 Grand Prix: Ferrari ‘on the right road’ – Alonso

Fernando Alonso says Ferrari is making progress with the F14 T at the Hungaroring and is confident of a competitive weekend
Fernando Alonso says Ferrari is making progress with the F14 T at the Hungaroring and is confident of a competitive weekend.

Both Ferrari drivers finished both Friday practice sessions inside the top six, with Alonso fourth in FP1 and FP2. With low grip making set-up difficult to chase, Alonso said it had been a harder session than usual but was pleased to see Ferrari progressing as the day went on.

“Going from one race to the next doesn't usually involve many changes, but here, unlike what usually happens on a Friday, we had to work a lot on the set-up, to try and adapt the car to the circuit, the tyres and the high temperatures,” Alonso said. “So there was rather more work than usual, but it produced results and we improved run after run. Sure, there's still a lot to do to be as competitive as we'd like, but I think we're on the right road.

“There's less grip here than in previous years, but it's the same for everyone and now we have to try and prepare the car as well as possible for qualifying and the race. High temperatures like those we saw today are always challenging for the tyres, but the forecast is for cooler conditions from tomorrow and maybe rain on Sunday, so we have to be ready for every eventuality.”

Engineering director Pat Fry said the difficulties faced on Friday had been planned for which allowed for a productive day.

“The Hungaroring always presents a major challenge for drivers and also engineers, especially during free practice,” Fry said. “All the teams know this track lacks grip and, especially on Friday, one has to adapt to the gradually improving conditions, as the rubber gets put down on the surface. Today, because of instability that seemed to affect other cars as well as ours, we had to pay particular attention to set-up, trying to improve the balance at the entry and exit to the corners.”



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18.09.2014 - Press conference, Adrian Sutil (GER) Sauber F1 Team C33, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22, Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T and Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
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DuhFerrari

July 26, 2014 6:32 AM

otto6457: So...qualifying 6th or 7th then finishing 5th or 6th means "progress"? Funny definition for progress.
Let's give Alonso a break here. This is the 1st time this year he sounded positive. So I believe we can see an improvement this time. As there's also corresponding improvement in Kimi's practice runs this weekend.



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