Fernando Alonso believes that inclement weather forecast for Sunday’s race could help Ferrari during this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix.
Alonso, who was fifth fastest in second practice, concedes that catching Red Bull will be difficult and therefore is hoping for meteorological intervention.
“The feeling is the same as any Friday, which means we’re neither very happy nor very disappointed with our performance level and we will have to wait and see how qualifying goes before getting a true picture,” he said ahead of Ferrari’s home race.
“Red Bull seems very strong again here and we will have to do a lot of work to be as well prepared as possible for qualifying, in order to find those missing tenths. Although we have yet to analyse the data we have gathered today, some of the updates we brought here for this race seem to be working well, while others will require a bit more evaluation.”
“We must get the most out of what we have available and try to have a good qualifying and a good race in front of our home crowd. Let’s hope the weather will also be on our side, as the forecast for Sunday is for storms and that’s why we must be ready to deal with whatever the conditions will be. Tyre degradation is very low here and we will definitely see fewer stops than at other races.”
Team mate Felipe Massa was eighth quickest during the second 90 minute practice session but had his running curtailed due to a gearbox problem.
“Not everything went perfectly, especially towards the end of the second session when, as I was coming out of the first chicane, I had a gearbox
problem,” he said.
“As I tried to change from first to second, it went straight into third and at that point, I returned to the pits slowly. We don’t know exactly what happened, but I don’t think it was anything serious. This won’t be an easy weekend, because our main rivals have set great lap times on both compounds and in race trim, but we will do all we can to be as competitive as possible.”