F1 News: 2014 Brazilian GP Practice – Ferrari

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Interlagos, 7th November 2014

Fernando Alonso: “Today we knew that the power unit had reached the end of its cycle. So there was a risk we
wouldn’t finish the second session, but this was part of the programme we have been on for a few races now.
It’s always a shame not being able to use all the time available, even though I don’t think it affected our work

too much. The new track surface produced a lot of grip and it was extremely difficult to put together a good
lap, because tyre behaviour changed from corner to corner. With a new surface, what effect the rain will have is
always an unknown factor, so it’s impossible to make predictions. That would have been the case at Sochi too,
but it didn’t rain there, so it means we have to be ready for every eventuality.”

Kimi Raikkonen: “This was a better Friday than past ones and thanks to the work we did on the car, we got a
good response from the changes we made in both sessions. In the first session we concentrated on set-up work
and aerodynamic measurements. Because of my usual problems with the front end, we tried to eliminate
anything that might have been causing them. In the afternoon, on the Soft tyres, the lap times were good and
I’m sure that, without traffic, I could have done even better. Because of the red flags, we were unable to do a
race simulation, but everything can change over the next days, because the weather forecast is very uncertain. In
the dry, the car is going quite well, but we know that, if it rains, the track conditions could change things
around.”

Pat Fry: “The new track surface meant that understanding tyre behaviour was immediately the main focus of
our attention and so, in both sessions we tried to do as many laps as possible. In the first session, the weather
gave us a lot of room to manoeuvre and the times came down lap after lap as the track improved. In the
morning we did some testing and worked on car balance, then in the afternoon, evaluating the consistency of
the two compounds was complicated by the rising temperatures, with the asphalt almost 20 degrees higher
than in the morning. On the one hand, we got a reasonably clear picture of where we stand in these conditions.
Now we have to bear in mind that, if it rains, we would have to start again from zero, but in dry conditions it
will also be very important to understand to what extent graining will affect performance. Fernando’s power
unit had done a very high mileage and we were well aware that this would have been its last Friday on track,
although it’s a shame to have lost the final 20 minutes of track time.”

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