Alonso: F138 seems to be competitive

Friday 10-May-2013 16:59

Fernando Alonso believes Ferrari will be competitive this weekend despite losing the first practice session at Barcelona due to the rain.

The double World Champion was quickest in the changing conditions in FP1, edging his Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa by 0.203s.

However, the track conditions meant the teams were unable to run the evaluations many had hoped to do on Friday morning.

The rain, though, did clear ahead of the second session which took place on a dry track.

During those 90 minutes Alonso was running at the front on both the hard and the medium tyres, finishing second quickest, 0.017s behind Sebastian Vettel.

"I think there is still a long way until qualifying and unfortunately we missed the first session because of the rain," he said.

"It was the same for everybody but it was very useful information that we didn't get today.

"The car seems to be competitive, in the long runs as well, so it's a positive start.

"But we've had many Fridays with positive starts and then we see in qualifying that the Mercedes flies or that the Red Bull is in front of everybody. So we need to remain calm and analyse the information."

Asked about the prospect of winning Sunday's race, which if he achieves it would be only his second victory at the Spanish GP, Alonso said: "It's still a dream.

"It's something that it's extremely difficult to get, not just in front of your home fans.

"You need many factors to come together to win on Sunday, so let's start with qualifying tomorrow.

"We know how important it is to start from the first two rows here in Barcelona. Maybe we are in the group of the leaders, but you can be first or you can be eighth with two or three tenths."

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