• Korean Grand Prix - FP2

Alonso not worried about times

ESPN Staff
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Fernando Alonso said Ferrari was not focusing on times during practice for the Korean Grand Prix although he did appear to have improved pace.

Alonso finished the session third fastest behind the two Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber, but said his team spent the first session analysing new parts and the second working on the tyres.

"It's hard to say where we are compared to the others, because today, we focused mainly on ourselves, working this morning on a comparison of various ideas relating to car configuration and, in the afternoon on the tyres," he said. "We must wait until tomorrow to have a more precise picture of the situation.

"The track improved a great deal from one session to the next: it's a phenomenon that's particularly accentuated here, because there's hardly any racing on this track and this morning, it was particularly dirty. Let's hope the situation improves for tomorrow because it's always more fun driving when the track offers at least some grip.

"The most demanding part of this circuit is definitely the third sector, the shortest in terms of time, made up almost entirely of corners. The set-up choices are dictated mainly by car behaviour in this third sector, while the other two are definitely easier to deal with."

Ferrari technical director Pat Fry said the day had gone to plan and the team had a good idea of what pieces it would run on the car for the remainder of the weekend.

"Overall, it was a positive day and as usual on a Friday, we had a lot of work to get through, managing to complete almost everything we had wanted to achieve. This morning, the aim was to evaluate a few updates on the car and try various aerodynamic configurations, especially relating to the rear wing, to choose the best one for a track of this type.

"I would say we have a reasonably clear idea when it comes to the technical choices to be made for this Grand Prix: now we must try and optimize the package we have in order to get the best possible result."