Fernando Alonso says he is not expecting any surprises ahead of this weekend’s Korean Grand Prix.
Alonso was seventh quickest during second practice in Yeongam.
“The impressions are the usual Friday ones and to say more, we will have to wait until tomorrow and see how qualifying goes,” he said.
“On this track too it’s aerodynamics that make the difference and for that reason, I am not expecting too many surprises when compared to the last few Grands Prix.”
“The time sheet follows the order that continues to be more or less the same seen in previous weekends and there is every probability that, again here, we can expect to struggle in the race. The difference between the two compounds is not as evident as in Singapore, but the Supersoft definitely has a very high degradation and we will have to see how much the track surface improvement will affect its behaviour.”
“It won’t be easy for us in performance terms, but we know that apart from that, we can do well on Sunday. Now, we must try and get the most out of what we have available and put everything together tomorrow and in the race.”
Felipe Massa was fifth fastest in second practice and made up for time lost during the opening session.
“Today didn’t go too badly, everything worked as it should have done and I had a good feeling in the car,” said the Brazilian.
“In the morning, I was unable to do much running because of a puncture on the front left tyre, then in the afternoon, we made up for lost time, managing to test everything on the programme. The car handled well on both the compounds that Pirelli has brought here, even if on the Supersoft we encountered particularly high degradation.”
“On a first lap on new tyres you gain a lot at the beginning, but then you lose a lot and over the long run maybe there is more graining than with the Mediums. It’s only Friday and we still need to understand where we are compared to our rivals. Even if we saw that Mercedes and Red Bull are very strong, I hope to have a more competitive car than in recent races, which will allow me to fight.”