• Brazilian Grand Prix - FP2

Alonso struggling with Ferrari balance

ESPN Staff
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Fernando Alonso was slower than team-mate Felipe Massa in FP2 © Press Association

Fernando Alonso said that he is not yet satisfied with the balance of his Ferrari following Friday practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Title rival Sebastian Vettel was second quickest in both Friday sessions, with Alonso just over 0.2s off the pace set by Lewis Hamilton in FP1 and half a second slower than Hamilton in the second session. Alonso said that "there is still a lot of work to be done" to get the car to his liking, but that he's not overly concerned due to the weather forecast predicting different conditions for the race.

"It was very hot out on the circuit today and, especially this afternoon, the track temperatures were well above normal, even for this circuit," Alonso said. "We have not yet found the ideal balance on the car, so there is still a lot of work to be done with the engineers going into the rest of the weekend. The predictions are for very different conditions from Saturday to Sunday, further reason to concentrate on the best choices when it comes to preparing the car for qualifying, but especially for the race."

Despite the deficit he needs to make up, Alonso was undecided whether he would prefer a wet race or not.

"It's hard to say if we prefer rain or the dry: as I said before, it is vital to be prepared to tackle both situations. We know we have to score 14 points more than Vettel for the Championship and not lose the same number to McLaren to maintain our second place in the Constructors'. Our targets are clear, but also difficult to achieve."