Alonso: “We still have a lot to learn”
Despite completing the most laps of anyone on the second day of the final pre-season test, Fernando Alonso says Ferrari still has “a lot to learn” about its 2014 challenger.
However, the Spaniard said he was happy with yet another productive day at the wheel of the F14 T. He set the second fastest time and managed 122 laps of the Bahrain International Circuit.
The 32-year-old completed development and set-up work in the morning session, before switching to a race simulation in the afternoon.
“Six hundred kilometres are always welcome, but it’s still too early to say we are a hundred percent ready for Melbourne,” he said. “We still have a lot to learn, but I am happy with the way the day went.
“In the morning, we did some set-up work which taught us what was the best direction to go in, while in the afternoon, we managed to complete a race simulation and every lap we did can be added to the learning phase, which is the normal situation to be in during winter testing.
“On the performance front, it’s still difficult to have a clear idea of what our rivals are up to and I think we will only find that out in Australia.”
Kimi Raikkonen will take over driving duties on Saturday before Alonso returns for the final day of testing on Sunday.
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