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Alonso not surprised with Red Bull's speed

The Spanish driver managed to finished both sessions with the third best time.
Saturday, November 17, 2012

November 16th, 2012 (F1plus Team).- Ferrari, Alonso and Massa joined the paddock chorus: there's no grip!...basically with the exception of Red Bull and specifically Sebastian Vettel they all have struggled finding a way to stick their cars to the ground appropriately.

One thing is for sure: they all liked the track. And Alonso summarized his feelings about it.

“The circuit? A nice surprise, even if we had an idea of what to expect from the simulator: it’s very demanding, especially the first sector which is very fast and where you can really feel the acceleration of a Formula 1 car. The track is very smooth and not at all porous: it reminds me a lot of Portimao in Portugal, so if it was to rain, it could be like driving on glass.”

As for the sessions, the Spaniard who today completed 64 laps said that he felt like nothing new has happened in regards Red Bull’s speed.

“It’s no surprise to see the two Red Bulls ahead of the field: in the last few races they have had the best package, therefore today’s result is logical. We know what are our strengths – teamwork and reliability – and we will make the most of them in the fight.

Nevertheless, his is confident in the few upgrades and the very hard work of his team. Now it’s time to make adjustments and try to make them better than the others.

“The updates we have brought here seem to work, but we still need to look more closely at the data before having a definite answer. I am happy about this, but it’s also true that while we are making small steps forward with each passing race, so too are the others, so the distance between us remains unchanged.

“Would I be happy to be third again tomorrow afternoon? Sure, but this is only Friday and we have been in this position before and then on Saturday other cars have got ahead of us.” Said the Spaniard.

 

Fernando Alonso today at the Circuit of The Americas.

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