Fernando Alonso declared himself pleased with his and Ferrari's efforts following the first day of free practice for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, the Spaniard saying he is particularly enjoying the support from the fans.

The Spaniard was in strong from throughout the day in the Ferrari, delighting the tifosi by finishing both FP1 and FP2 in fourth position, just three tenths off Mercedes' ultimate pace in the latter.

Coming into the weekend looking to extend his unbroken 2014 points' scoring streak, Alonso was pleased with the progress made with the F14T going forward.

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"For various reasons, Friday in Monza is always a bit different to the others, with a special significance for our team in the weekend of its home race," he said. "The track characteristics also make it one of a kind: here you run with low aerodynamic downforce, you feel the car is quicker down the straights and lighter in the corners and, as was the case today, you need to try different downforce levels.

"In general, I'm happy with the work we did on set-up and tyres and especially with the time I did with a heavy fuel load. Towards the end, we were worried we had a problem, but to banish any doubt, we went out for another lap and everything seemed back to normal. Now, we are preparing for here today cheering us on from the stands."