Alonso admits Ferrari on the back foot

By on Friday, November 21, 2014
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Fernando Alonso has admitted that he and Ferrari head into qualifying in Abu Dhabi on the back foot after he completed just two laps during the second practice session at the Yas Marina Circuit.

Alonso's car crawled to a halt due to an electrical problem and he ended the session at the bottom of the table, having been unable to register a time.

"It was a real shame losing the opportunity to take part in the second free practice session here at Yas Marina, as it’s the only chance to get an idea of how things will really go this weekend," he said.

"On my second lap, the car just stopped unexpectedly and even though the marshals did their best to push the car back to the pits in time to get it back out on track, the work took the mechanics longer than expected.

"In the first session, we managed to complete our programme and the car behaved as expected, but the temperature, much hotter than it will be in qualifying and the race, means the data we acquired is not that relevant.

"For the same reason, tomorrow’s third session won't be that useful and that means the first lap to match conditions in qualifying and the race, in the dark in the afternoon, will be the first lap in Q1.

"We definitely won’t be that well prepared but all the same, we will try our best as usual."

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