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Ferrari helped by weather so far - Fry

ESPN Staff
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Pat Fry: "I don't think we can hide behind the fact that the weather has helped us out" © Sutton Images
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Ferrari technical director Pat Fry has admitted that the team has been helped by the weather so far in 2012 having capitalised on rain.

The team started the season with an uncompetitive car, but Fernando Alonso leads the drivers' championship by 40 points during the summer break. With Alonso having won in the wet of Malaysia and taken pole in both wet qualifying sessions at Silverstone and Hockenheim - going on to finish second and first respectively - Fry admits the weather has helped Ferrari's cause.

"Obviously, if it had been a completely dry race in Malaysia, it would have been a different story," Fry is quoted by Autosport. "I don't think we can hide behind the fact that the weather has helped us out. Do I think we're the quickest in a dry qualifying? I don't think we are now, but in the last two wet sessions [Silverstone and Hockenheim] it has been more impressive."

While Fry still emphasises Ferrari's need to improve the car in dry conditions, he points out that its pace in the wet is not just a lucky trait.

"We just need to keep working at it. We're fortunate to be where we are - some of that is luck with the weather but then everyone's got those conditions. They've got to go and make the most of it. Yes, we were helped by the weather, but then why didn't other people take advantage of it?"