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Alonso: We're improving the F2012 step-by-step 28 Feb 2012

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari.
Formula One Testing, Day 1, Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, 21 February 2012 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F2012.
Formula One Testing, Day 2, Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, 22 February 2012 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F2012.
Formula One Testing, Day 1, Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Ferrari may not have enjoyed the smoothest of starts to their 2012 preparations, but Fernando Alonso is confident the Italian team are making steady progress in their understanding of the radical F2012.

“We are continuing with development of the new car,” Alonso told Ferrari’s official website. “Maybe we are only taking small steps forward, but they are coming constantly. In Barcelona, the F2012 was better than it had been in Jerez and it will be better still this week and even more so in Melbourne.”

Earlier this month Alonso completed just 106 laps during his first two days in the car at the Spanish circuit of Jerez, but at last week’s Barcelona test he managed to complete 162 laps in two days.

Although the Spaniard admitted that it had proved more difficult than expected to maximize the new car’s performance, he insisted that there was enough time to improve the F2012 further before the season-opening Melbourne race.

“There is still a lot of work to do, but as of today, there is no reason why we should not be ready for the first race,” he added. “It’s true there are only four more days of testing and we will have to also make use of the first Friday at a race weekend to continue with development, but the car is reasonably complex and needs time.”

Ferrari will be back on track on Thursday at Barcelona for a four-day multi-team session. Driver Felipe Massa will be in action on Thursday and Saturday, whilst Alonso will be in the cockpit on Friday and Sunday.

Together with Red Bull, the Italian team had hoped to run at the Spanish track from Friday to Monday. But a last-minute clarification of article 22.4 of the sporting regulations by the FIA has forced both teams to revert to the Thursday to Sunday schedule, alongside their rivals.

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