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Alonso takes positives from limited running

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Fernando Alonso's morning was cut short by an ECU problem © Sutton Images
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Fernando Alonso does not think Ferrari will experience a repeat of its Silverstone woes at the German Grand Prix this weekend after seeing some promising signs during a curtailed Friday of practice.

Alonso struggled to ninth on the grid at the British Grand Prix but managed to fight his way to third after a number of his rivals had issues. Ferrari was not happy with its performance following last weekend's race, but Alonso was more confident after second practice at the Nurburgring.

"Today went better than last Friday and even if there is still a long way to go, in general we seem to have made a step forward and returned to the level of competitiveness which we had prior to Silverstone," he said. "One of the positives was the behaviour of the tyres which worked well today and did not create any problems."

Alonso pulled out of the morning practice after a problem with his car's ECU but he is confident he can mount a fightback over the course of the weekend.

"Unfortunately, we lost the morning session because of a programming problem on the electronic control unit, which we then changed," he said. "That halved our work programme and this evening we will have to do all we can to make up for it, but we already have an idea of where and how to make changes, because Mercedes, Red Bull and Lotus are ahead of us and we want something better than being the third or fourth team in the classification."