• Turkish Grand Prix - FP2

Alonso suffers difficult afternoon

ESPNF1 Staff
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Fernando Alonso spent almost half an hour in the Ferrari garage with a hydraulic problem during the second session © Sutton Images

Fernando Alonso said a mix of mechanical problems and driver error cost him running time in the dry afternoon practice session for the Turkish Grand Prix.

Having topped the timesheets during the wet morning session, Alonso could only set the 11th fastest time in second practice, clocking up ten fewer laps than his team-mate Felipe Massa. Alonso said a hydraulic problem was the first problem, before he pushed too hard once he got back out on track, meaning the team has less data than it would like to analyse any new parts on the car.

"These two sessions were very different one to the other, because of the change in the weather," Alonso said. "It was useful to do some running in the wet because there is a chance that it might rain again at some point tomorrow. We tried various new solutions and now we have to evaluate them carefully to see what worked and what did not.

I had a hydraulic problem which cost me some time in the pits at the start of the second session. That contributed to the fact it's difficult for me to give a precise evaluation of tyre behaviour. Then, I also had a spin, when I was being too optimistic in my use of the moveable rear wing."

Despite a difficult afternoon, Alonso pointed to the unpredictability of the tyres as a reason for optimism. He said he felt that Ferrari had made progress, but warned that other teams may have made even greater strides.

"For sure this track puts a heavy load on the tyres: it will be interesting to see what happens in the race. I think we have made progress, but there are various teams that are quicker than us. We have to try and do our best, putting together the best package made up of new components and those we have used before to try and get all the potential out of the car."