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Alonso downplays Friday's failures

Friday 7th September 2012

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Alonso downplays Friday's failures

Alonso downplays Friday's failures

Fernando Alonso is not worried about his hat-trick of woes from Friday after suffering engine, brake and gearbox failures in practice.

Arriving in Italy on the back of his Belgian GP retirement, Alonso had hoped for a good start to the weekend but it was not to be.

In front of the tifosi, the double World Champion suffered an engine failure in FP1 which cut his running short by about 20 minutes.

Ferrari, though, got him back on track a few minutes into the afternoon session before Alonso was once again back in the pits, this time with a brake problem.

His mechanics quickly worked on that problem, which affected his left front, only for the Spaniard to have a gearbox issue that again saw him lose track time.

"It's just a little bit of a strange Friday because of mechanical failures," said the 31-year-old.

"Sometimes we push some parts to the limit or have some experimental things on Friday that you need to get some mileage, some experience. I think it's not any problem at all.

"What we need to concentrate on is the performance for tomorrow. I think McLaren looked very strong again today, so we need to find something extra for tomorrow, and then we'll see.

"I think it will be an interesting weekend. The weather should be stable all weekend so that should help us to be very precise and maximise the performance of the car."

But while the Ferrari driver may have lost some time, his team-mate Felipe Massa was putting in the laps and gaining useful information for the team to use.

"I think they were good sessions," Alonso added.

"Obviously it's extremely important for example today what we learned from Felipe, when you have a session that you have to stop for any reason you have to trust your team-mate and all the information from the other car, so thanks to Felipe today we will not miss any of the laps that we were not able to do.

"We need to improve the car, as I said. I think we are more or less happy with the performance. We don't need to change the car black to white for tomorrow, which some Fridays we need to do, because we were not happy at all. It's just small tweaks that we need to do for tomorrow.

"It was a positive Friday in terms of performance."

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