600 kilometres of practice for Ferrari in Abu Dhabi

Another busy Friday workload for Scuderia Ferrari, with a little over 600 kilometres covered by the F2012s of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.

As usual, the two drivers worked on evaluating various aerodynamic configurations and studying the behaviour of the Pirelli tyres, running different fuel loads. The Maranello cars ran troublefree throughout.

Fernando Alonso (FP1: 4th, 1.44.366, 21 laps - FP2: 7th, 1.42.587, 31 laps): “The day just ended was a Friday like any other, during which we got through everything on our programme.

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari
Fernando Alonso, Ferrari

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The morning session was dedicated to a comparison of various aerodynamic solutions, while in the afternoon, we concentrated on the tyres.

Between the first and second sessions, the track changed a lot, which to be honest was predictable, because there aren’t many races here over the weekend: at the start, it seemed very dirty but then it improved a lot and tomorrow, it will definitely be even better.”

Felipe Massa: (FP1: 11th, 1.45.567 24 - FP2: 8th, 1.42.823, 33 laps): “We got through everything on our job list, which is always a good thing, both in the first and second free practice sessions.

We tested the tyres in the usual way – first on a low fuel load and then with a lot more - to evaluate them over a long run. From what we could see, over a long run we are reasonably competitive, but less so on a single flying lap.

Sure, it would be better if we were a bit quicker, but we will see what the situation is when it really matters, which means to say tomorrow afternoon in qualifying.”

Pat Fry: “We are pushing as hard as we can to bring updates to every race. Some of the ones we introduced here seem to be positive, but we must carefully evaluate their performance and then decide which to use in qualifying and the race.

Felipe’s long run didn’t seem too bad, but clearly we have to improve our performance over a single lap if we want to start from the front row of the grid.”

Source: Scuderia Ferrari

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Fernando Alonso , Felipe Massa
Teams Ferrari
Article type Practice report
Tags abu dhabi gp, alonso, ferrari, fry, massa, yas marina