• Canadian Grand Prix - FP2

Ferrari updates 'positive' - Alonso

ESPN Staff
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Fernando Alonso was second quickest in FP2 - just 0.054s slower than Lewis Hamilton © Sutton Images

Fernando Alonso described his initial impressions of some new Ferrari updates in Canada as "positive".

Both Ferrari drivers had a spell testing an updated exhaust configuration and eventually decided to keep it on both cars. Alonso said that the morning session had been productive and had allowed him to evaluate the new parts before testing them on high fuel, and declared himself happy with the overall results.

"I am rather pleased with the way things went this Montreal Friday," Alonso said. "This morning, we concentrated mainly on evaluating some new updates, while in the afternoon, we worked principally on a comparison of the two types of tyre, looking for performance over a single lap and also to check the behaviour of the car with a lot of fuel on board. The first indications seem to be positive, but it is much too soon to draw any conclusions as Friday times should never be taken at face value."

Despite getting within 0.1s of Lewis Hamilton in FP2, Alonso added that Saturday would be the day that he turns his attentions fully to finding more lap time.

"Now we must concentrate on analysing the data and prepare as well as possible for the rest of the weekend. The circuit named after Gilles Villeneuve is very similar to a street circuit, with the walls very close to what are normal roads. It therefore becomes very important to find the right reference points, especially in terms of braking points and how far one is from the walls, in order to put together both a quick lap and to drive smoothly over a long distance."