Fernando Alonso says that Ferrari needs to make changes in order to be competitive at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Alonso, who has not won a race since May, was eighth quickest in second practice at the Yas Marina circuit.
“Compared to other Fridays, today we were a bit less competitive than usual and now we need to work out if that is down to the fact that the track characteristics do not suit our car, or if it’s a question of set-up,” he said.
“The tyres work better here than in India, where they suffered a lot from blistering in the fast corners, while here they are better, especially at night when the temperature drops.”
“Unfortunately, in performance terms, we are behind our rivals for second place in the Constructors’ classification. Compared to the start of the year, they have improved and will be difficult to beat, but tomorrow we will make some changes and will do our utmost because we absolutely don’t want to give up the fight.”
Felipe Massa was 10th quickest but echoed his team-mate’s comments.
“At the moment, I am not very pleased with the car’s behaviour, as we are not as competitive as I’d expected to be,” he said.
“On this track, we found ourselves running in daytime in the sunshine, with very high temperatures, with the conditions changing completely in the evening and in this situation, it’s not easy to understand which direction to go in. Now we will try and work out how to improve the car’s performance for tomorrow’s qualifying, which we know won’t be easy, but we’ll give it our best shot.”