Alonso: “We are not yet where we want to be”
The Spaniard managed to complete 74 laps with the Scuderia’s 2014 challenger on Sunday. The team had planned to complete more running but a gearbox change cost him track time. The two-time world champion focused on short and long runs in the afternoon to check the management of systems and set the third fastest lap.
“The team did its utmost to carry out changes on the car as quickly as possible, but again today, we had planned to do more laps than we managed,” he said. “There are a lot of things to learn with the use of the power unit to improve the performance of the car and we are not yet where we want to be.
“Everyone in the team is very competitive and we are working day and night in order to get all the potential out of the F14 T as soon as possible. We have gone through twelve days of testing that were very demanding for everyone and I would like to thank the whole team for all its efforts.”
Team principal Stefano Domenicali believes Mercedes and Williams are currently the teams to beat: “I believe, we could see big changes from the first race to the second and from the second to the third, with everyone bringing in developments all the time.
“At first, reliability will be the key, because without it you don’t score points. I also think that some teams that are struggling at the moment will be able to catch up, while teams that currently seem to have a slight advantage could see a plateau in their performance, allowing the others to close the gap. From what we have seen so far, there are two teams out in front, Mercedes and Williams. After them, it could be us.”
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