While Fernando Alonso ended the day third fastest the Spaniard admitted that it’s difficult to draw conclusions from the opening day of the Australian Grand Prix. The double world champion was just over half a second off the pace but speaking after the session he admitted that until teams are all running the same specification there is little that can be concluded from the day:
“On the first Friday of the season, there’s always a bit more tension,” said Alonso. “It’s the start of a new championship and there is the feeling of general expectation to see how things we worked on during the winter are functioning. Overall, this was a positive day for us and even if there was an element of nervousness because of the complexity introduced by the new technical regulations, everything went well.
“The team did a super job and we had no problems. The track improved from the first session to the second, with more grip compared to the morning and there was also more wind. Running the soft tyre certainly helped, as the extra grip meant the times came down, but it’s impossible to have a clear idea of how competitive we are, because as usual, Friday results don’t mean much. To know more, we must wait until everyone is running in the same trim.”
Having ran trouble free throughout the day however the team showed that their winter preparation has left them on a solid footing.