Fernando Alonso is not the sort to bandy around predictions and that was again the case this morning in his first press conference of 2012. So far, none of the cars that will take part in the World Championship has turned a wheel on track and so it is very difficult for the Spaniard to say who will be the ones to beat.
"I don't have a crystal ball, so I don't feel I can make any predictions. Theoretically, it will be Red Bull, but I say that based only on the fact that, for the past two years, they have won both titles. I reckon we will have to wait for at least two or three races, which means up to Shanghai, to really understand what the hierarchy is. Maybe some people think that the tests mean something, but that is not the case.""
"On paper, we have everything in place to do well, but I can be neither optimistic nor pessimistic, partly because I have only seen the new car in the wind tunnel and from the diagrams on the engineers' computers. I don't think there will be a big difference compared to the other cars, because the regulations are very clear, but there will definitely be some innovations and good technical ideas."
Fernando also spoke about the organization of the team: "All the newcomers are absolutely welcome because they represent a breath of fresh air for the team and bring a new package of experience to the team. Hamashima is a good acquisition because he looks after an area, tyres, where we suffered last year: we did not manage to maximize our potential, especially with some of the compounds and we hope this situation can improve. What do I expect from Pirelli? First and foremost that they don't change their traditional calendar!"
I have only seen the new car in the wind tunnel
The Spaniard heaped lavish praise on Pat Fry, the man who since last May has been in charge of the technical side of the Scuderia. "Pat has brought new ideas, combining a different approach to the one that Ferrari traditionally adopted towards its work," said Fernando. "If we can get the most out of these various experiences it will be very positive."
Already last year, we began to see improvements in all areas compared to the past, but then we stepped up a gear again in the second half of the 2011 season, with a more efficient way of working. I think that the results will be seen even more clearly this year and we won't have to wait, as was the case in 2011, also because we should have resolved the problems of correlation of our wind tunnel data, which afflicted us in the first part of last season."
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