Spaniard says it's too early to judge F1 pace-setters' pace
4 February 2010

Fernando Alonso has urged caution about Ferrari's F1 form despite the Italian squad dominating the first test of the year at Valencia this week.

The two-time champion joined the test today, taking over team-mate Felipe Massa at the wheel of the F10 car, after the Brazilian had topped the times on the previous two days.

See the pics from day three in ValenciaReport and pics from day twoReport and pics from day one

Alonso was quick to find the pace with the car and ended up setting the fastest time of the week.

But despite Ferrari being quickest of all teams during the week, the Spaniard says it's still too early to judge the car's performance.

"It's just the first day and as I said now at least for me the priority was getting completely comfortable. There are many things to discover for me, many things to learn," said Alonso.

"Before being competitive we need to make sure we do a lot of laps and that the car is strong and can finish all the grands prix. We are at that period of winter testing.

"We need to make the car very strong and until Barcelona or the last test at Jerez I think we will not look for the performance."

The two-time champion admitted his first day as a Ferrari driver was emotional - especially as an estimated 40,000 fans turned out to watch him.

"It was an important day for me, my first time in a Ferrari," he said. "As I repeat many times, it's unbelievable the feeling here, the atmosphere, the passion of everybody. It's very nice to be in the garage, to speak Italian with all the mechanics."

Twitter - follow autocar.co.ukSee all the latest Ferrari reviews, news and video

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Citroën C3 Aircross
    First Drive
    17 October 2017
    It's got funky looks and a charming interior, but it's another small SUV, and another dynamic miss. Numb steering is just one thing keeping it from class best
  • Skoda-Karoq 2.0 TDI 4x4
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Diesel version of Skoda’s junior SUV is unobtrusive and undemanding, but we’d still go for the silkier petrol version of the Karoq
  • Audi Q7 e-tron
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Expensive and flawed but this understated diesel-electric Audi Q7 has a lot to offer
  • Citroën C3
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Is the third gen Citroën C3 ‘fresh and different’ enough to take on its supermini rivals? We spend six months with one to find out
  • BMW X3
    First Drive
    15 October 2017
    A satisfying rework of the X3 that usefully improves its handling, cabin finish, space and connectivity to make this BMW a class front-runner again