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Alonso taking nothing for granted

Thursday 23-May-2013 21:19

Fernando Alonso said the team was relieved to have emerged from Thursday's practice sessions virtually unscathed.

The track at Monaco is regarded by many as one of the more dangerous on the FIA schedule. Alonso admitted that anything could happen on this track, however, he embraced the challenge.

"It's always nice driving at Monaco, even if it's very demanding, because here more than anywhere, you need to do a lot of running to adapt to the track and, in more general terms, get used to a very special race," said Alonso on Thursday.

"I am pleased that we managed to get through all our planned programme today, which can't always be taken for granted here as anything can happen," added the Spaniard.

Alonso said it was still too early to determine how well he would do ahead of this weekend's race, as many of his opponents would have held back considerably on Thursday. He added that Saturday would probably be the most important litmus test for all the drivers.

"Even if the feelings are positive and we got through the day without any problems whatsoever, we still don't have a clear idea of the pecking order in the field," said Alonso.

"We will have to wait a bit to see where all our rivals really are, because here too, until Saturday, no one pushes a hundred percent: the barriers constitute too high a threat to take risks in the first free practice sessions," added the Ferrari driver.

Tyres have become a rather contentious issue during the 2013 season. Alonso explained that there had been nothing unexpected during Thursday's practice sessions.

"There's not much time to do a tyre comparison here, we did only one and the results didn't throw up any surprises: the Super Softs are a bit quicker and degrade more. All that remains now is to spend all the available time analysing the data we have gathered to try and find the best strategy for qualifying and the race."

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